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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- A proposal to increase Alexandria's recreation millage is on next month's ballot. But, that increase could mean that one of the city's most iconic structure's pays the price.

News Channel 5's Steven Maxwell has more on the future of Bringhurst Field.

What's next for Bringhurst baseball field is question that has yet to be answered.

A proposed millage rate hike for property owners promises to bring more youth programs into the city. But, one part of the proposal could be the destruction of a beloved landmark - Bringhurst Field.

"I think it is useful, whether it is a minor league park or not," said Adam Lord of the group "Save Bringhurst Field." For high school baseball, for venues that can be rented out for wedding space - for activities, events, concerts."

A draft of the recreation millage talks about converting the ballpark into a lazy river and more parking for a zoo expansion. But, a grassroots Facebook group created Friday called "Save Bringhurst Field" wants to save the ballpark. In just one day, the page gained more than 600 likes.

But, the city says the public shouldn't panic yet. The future of Bringhurst has not been determined.

"We haven't made any formal plans to do anything with Bringhurst at this point," said Chuck Fowler, an Alexandria City Councilman. "There has been discussion about different things."

Bringhurst is an old ballpark. Some of its infrastructure needs replacing, which can become costly for the city.

"It would make it an extremely expensive endeavor to remodel it, redo it, rebuild it, whatever," said Fowler. "It would be in the millions of dollars. We do not have any firm figures on it. But, it would be very expensive."

The on and off Alexandria Aces have called Bringhurst home for many years. But, low attendance is a cause for concern too. The ballpark closed midway through the team's season last summer.

"None of them have been successful from the standpoint of attendance," said Fowler. "It has been a difficult thing to do in the town."

For some, Bringhurst is more than a ballpark, but rather a place of irreplaceable memories.

"It was kind of a big thing," said Dean Perkins of Pitkin. "A once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to play at Bringhurst in the state playoffs."

Memories they hope can still be made in the future.

"But, the people who have been to this park want it," said Lord. "It has been 81 years of existence. I want my kids to come to baseball games here - to play in baseball games here."

The vote takes place May 3.

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