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Donations make LP field improvements possible
Feb. 9, 2018

By Ivan Raconteur
Editor

LESTER PRAIRIE – Herald Journal published a story about improvements to Lester Prairie ball fields in the Feb. 2 issue. However, the list of donors published was not the most recent one.

Lester Prairie Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz provided an updated list, as follows.

Funding for these improvements includes:

• $1,500 from the Lester Prairie Youth Baseball/Softball Association;

• $400 from the Lester Prairie Legion Baseball program;

• $1,000 from the Loren and Miriam Jilek Family Foundation;

• $100 from a private citizen;

• $5,000 from the city of Lester Prairie;

• $10,000 from a Minnesota Twins Community Fund grant;

• $2,500 from a private citizen;

• $5,000 from the Lester Prairie Lions Club; and

• $500 from the Lester Prairie varsity softball team.

Birkholz noted that the city is continuing to accept donations, and anyone interested in contributing may contact him at (320) 613-6054 or abirkholz@lesterprairiemn.us.

Following is the information published in the original story:

The Lester Prairie Park Board has been busy making plans to continue improvements at the city park along Second Avenue South.

Last fall, dugouts were added to Lions Field (the softball field).

The project included installation of two 8-foot-by-30-foot concrete slabs; an 8-foot-high chain link fence, and tin roofs.

The total estimated cost of the project was $10,000.

The park board plans to complete additional field improvements later this year.

An additional $13,000 is expected to cover renovation of the baseball field

Planned baseball field infield renovations include:

• remove current sod infield (city maintenance department);

• furnish and install 3 inches of new Red Ball Diamond Lime, laser graded and compacted;

• refurbish the existing pitcher’s mound area;

• furnish and install Hilltopper Mounding Clay on the face of the pitcher’s mound;

• prepare and fine grade infield areas to receive sod;

• install new sod (labor by volunteers);

• install new home plate area and base pads with plugs;

• install irrigation to the infield area of the field.

The work is expected to take place in August.

Some of the labor will be completed by volunteers, and the park board may seek additional volunteers when the time comes.

Background

The improvements were planned in response to requests received by the Lester Prairie Park Board to improve the playing surface of the Municipal Baseball Field, as well as provide dugouts for the Lions Softball Field. Both of these playing fields are used extensively from April through July.

In February 2017, the park board made a request to the city council to allow them to seek a $10,000 matching grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, with a pledge to use $5,000 from the park budget toward matching the grant.

In April 2017, the park board received notification that it had been awarded the Twins Community Grant.

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