Waverly broke ground on the Cedar River Park project on Monday. Inclement weather pushed the event indoors, at the Civic Center, but did not dampen the spirit of organizers who said this moment had been in the making for two decades. The project will create 8 baseball fields, with a parking lot and amenities, and is expected to cost about $3.5 million. The money will be a mixture of city funding and fundraising, said Jeremy Langner, the task force chairman, and also the middle school principal.

Former Mayor Dean Soash had donated $10,000 before leaving office, a gift he never mentioned at the time but referred to in his remarks on Monday. Councilwoman Ann Rathe said accessibility to the diamonds for people of all abilities is "perhaps the greatest achievement that should be recognized today."

Current Mayor Adam Hoffman called the project "monumental success."