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City Council approves $3,000 for baseball diamond renovation
April 20, 2018

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The baseball diamond at Dysart Park is getting a $8,000 renovation later this spring led by local efforts to restore the field to a playable state.

"Last summer over little league the field got to the point it was evident we wouldn't be able to fix it up unless we did something soon," Chris Behrens said. "We managed to get through the season and several of us decided it was time to do something."

Behrens and other parents realized the diamond was in disrepair and no work had been done to it in many years. The field is currently used for little league and middle school games, as well as the occasional slow pitch game in the community.

"The diamond is fine for slow pitch right now, but I'm not sure we could hold tournaments and it's getting harder for little league and middle schools to play on it," Behrens said. "There was maintenanced needed to be done.We followed up on some ballpark grants and had received three bids from three different companies. The lowest bid we feel most comfortable with is $8,000 to tear off everything on the diamond, level it, install clay bricks around the home plate and catchers area, as well as rebuild the mound and install bricks there to keep hold the diamond better in place."

This maintenance will be done by Paid Supplies and will allow plates to be moved around for different levels of the game. According to Behrens, the work should be completed in time for baseball season this year. In order to do so, he approached the City Council about funds for start the project. The council will pay $3,000 of the work, with the rest Behrens hopes to raise by donations, fundraisers and grants.

"We are still willing to fundraise and apply for grants, but we need a starting point to say Dysart is in for this much," Behrens said. "The plan is to go to the school about funds since they use it for middle school. We are looking at other options, but since it's a city property it should have a little bigger share."

Among the City Council members is Reece Petersen, a supporter of the project and advocated for the council to approve the amount.

"I grew up a block away from the field, played on it, coached on it and I don't believe it's been kept up in years," Petersen said. "I'm passionate about this field and want to see something done so it will last for many years to come."

Petersen stated that Dysart Park has seen many improvements and new amenities added over the past 10-15 years, and he feels this is the last piece to "finish" the park.

"I'm glad to see they're going to do this the right way," Petersen said. "I've seen work like this done before and it's worth it prevent more wear and tear from happening."

In the meantime, Behrens is continuing to explore different funding sources and is considering fundraisers for the future. He also hopes to one day have the infield filled with grass.

"We are proud to be in a town that cares about their parks, their children and can step up financially," Behrens said. "

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