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Wabasha Kellogg Summer Softball Left to right: Jessalyn Adams, Lilah Lackey, Lucy Traun, Aleaya Becker, Thea Durand

City and community-led Steering Committee planning to build Athletic Complex

The City of Wabasha, its Parks Board, and a community-led steering committee is preparing to move and rebuild it’s the city’s baseball and softball fields, hockey and skating rink and basketball court the field behind City Hall in 2023 and early 2024. In addition, new amenities  including pickleball and tennis courts, a year-round warming house and concession stand, and expanded parking will round out the complex which lies adjacent to Dennis Pfeilsticker Memorial Park and the city’s highly utilized pool and splash pad.  A $550,000 capital campaign  for donations this winter and spring and will round out the project funding and  allow construction  to begin next year. The project has been a long-desired community goal and was identified in the 2016 Wabasha Comprehensive Plan.

The new athletic complex location will address flooding of the current field location and  improve safety by moving pedestrians and spectators away from the traffic coming off the Interstate Highway 60 bridge. The total anticipated cost of the 7.5 acre project is $2.1 million. The City of Wabasha was awarded $300,000 in a competitive grant from the Minnesota DNR, $50,000 donation towards the project. The balance of the project will be paid for with borrowing by the City of Wabasha and fundraising.

“Falcon Youth Baseball is excited about moving and upgrading our facilities to a much safer and more park-like environment. While we have invested in the current facility, we knew that a move was inevitable and we plan to re-purpose many of those improvements into a new facility,” said Chad Springer, President of Falcon Youth Baseball about the project. “Having new facilities near the pool and playground will enhance the experience for all of our families.”

At the launch of the athletic field steering committee, several committee members expressed how critical this project was for the future of Wabasha’s youth and neighborhoods.

“It’s going to be right in my backyard, and I am thrilled about this project. It’s sorely needed in our community and will be great for our youth,” said Abby Oxendine, who has played sports her whole life growing up in Wabasha and now has her children participating in a variety of sports as well.  Oxendine also serves as the Chamber of Commerce Board President.

Interested in supporting the capital campaign for the project? Please contact any one of the Athletic Field Steering Committee members or Tony Johnson, pwdirector@wabasha.org, 651-565-3404.

Athletic Field Steering Committee Members: Chair Ann Bouquet Lineweaver, Chair Troy Passe, Jerry Arens, Mayor Emily Durand, Abby Oxendine, Chelsea Anderson, MJ Bussian (Park Board Commission), Cory Loechler, Chad Springer, Tyler Grabau, Lisa Springer, Tony Johnson, Jeff Sulla.

Naming rights are also available for different project components with contributions of 50% of more of total project element cost.

Athletic Field Brochure

Detailed Project Description (Grant Application to Minnesota DNR)