CHIPPEWA FALLS — Two press boxes will be built for softball fields at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls and will be complete for the spring season.
Chippewa Falls parks and recreation director Dick Hebert said the two press boxes will cost a total of about $37,000. The city’s Park Board approved spending up to $14,000 from the Casper Park Donation Fund. Hebert said the booster clubs for both McDonell and Chippewa Falls high schools have contributed toward the project, leaving it about $12,000 short.
The press boxes will be big enough for two to four people. One will be along the first base line of a field, and the other will be along the third base line of a second field.
“The baseball field has a press box. These will be on the two fields that McDonell and Chi-Hi play on. They are among the top teams in the state, and they always draw nice crowds,” Hebert told the Leader-Telegram. “We owe it to them. We have a great facility at Casper Park, and this will make it even better. It also will be a better sound system.”
Because those fields don’t have press boxes, the scoreboards are currently run from dugouts.
“It’s not an appropriate place for that to be done,” Hebert said.
With most of the money raised, Hebert is hopeful that a few more donors will step forward to help complete paying for the project. Engineering firm CBS Squared is volunteering its time on the project.
Footings have been placed, and Hebert said the work can be done through the winter months.
“Our goal is to have it completed for the spring season,” Hebert said.
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