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Menomonie council approves 2 youth baseball fields

Action prompted by rising participation 

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MENOMONIE — The City Council on Tuesday agreed unanimously to create two new youth baseball diamonds in Wakanda Park.

The two practice/​playing fields will be created by relocating an outfield fence on one baseball diamond in the park in order to make more room for the youth fields.

Luke Welch, vice president of Menomonie Baseball Association, said youth baseball has been picking up in the area and finding adequate space to play is becoming an issue. Because of this the organization has had to use UW-Stout’s field and a private field for games and practices this year.

He said the organization has raised close to $20,000 in one year for this project.

“It can help remedy some of our field shortages for our youth,” Welch said.

Joel Verdon, president of the baseball association, said child retention and enrollment continues to be high for the organization with no signs of stopping in the near future.

“We get them back, and we’re not losing them,” he said.

The two new fields come as a joint effort between the city and Youth Baseball Organization using Youth Baseball funding to move the outfield fence. The city crews will help create the two new diamonds.

“I think this is a good use of the area,” director of public works Randy Eide said.

Work will begin onthe two new fields this fall. Additional fencing for the two youth fields will be addressed next year.

In other news, the council is rejecting all three bids for the sewer utility equalization tank building reconstruction because all bids exceed $200,000.

As a result the city will be re-advertising the project in three parts.

The city received the three bids for the project in August.

Contact: 715-830-5840,, @BenRueter on Twitter

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