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Hubbers, school, village team on Young Field upgrade

Supporting improvements to the Bob Young Field at Summit Park in Ellsworth are, from left to right in the front: Rick Sweig and Kenny Manfred of the village, Darren Maxwell of the Ellsworth Hubbers, Anne Anderson of the school district and Jim Johnson of ProFields, a baseball field renovation firm. In the back are: Mike Steele and Gerald DeWolfe of the village, Doug Peterson and Mark Stoesz of the school district, and Jeremiah Paulson of the Hubbers. (Submitted photo)

A local recreation facility that’s been good could be better.

That’s the feeling among officials of two government agencies and an organization who have strived toward improving Bob Young Field in Ellsworth’s Summit Park. Their efforts began over two years ago.

“The field’s in good shape now, but it should be in excellent condition after (the upcoming project) and stay that way with maintenance in the future,” Village Public Works Director Greg Engeset said Thursday.

The work can proceed because the three entities have agreed to evenly split the total cost, estimated at between $40,000 and $45,000, according to Ellsworth School Superintendent Barry Cain. Wednesday, Cain foresaw construction beginning as early as the end of this week and completed next month.

“We want to get the new sod down so we can use the field next spring,” he said.

The infield will be stripped down and the existing sod replaced, along with infield material, plus drainage will be improved, the superintendent said. New drainage will be added around the backstop and a new sprinkling system for the field will be installed.

For more please read the August 7 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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