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Two new ball fields ready for play

Youth softball and baseball players will have two new fields to play on.

A few years ago, Akron Avenue was an empty dirt road. No more, though. The road now leads to some of Rosemount's finer athletic facilities. Most recently, the city has added two youth ball fields.

The fields are ready for play, said parks director Dan Schultz, and youth softball and baseball programs will start to use them this fall. The city will hold a grand opening for the two fields at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at 14860 Akron Ave.

"We're excited to have the fields ready," said Schultz.

The land the fields sit on was pre-dedicated to the city by the University of Minnesota in anticipation of the UMore Park development. In addition to the land, SKB Environmental provided $200,000 worth of grading to the site. Schultz said the city is grateful for the donation.

The two new fields will accommodate 12-and-under baseball and any level fastpitch softball. Schultz said he's happy with how the fields turned out and that the new fields will take some of the burden off the city's other facilities.

The fields will eventually be part of a larger athletic complex that will include two more youth ball fields and a full-size baseball field. Schultz said the city will build the other fields as money becomes available.

The Ames Soccer Complex is also located off of Akron Avenue on the Dakota County Technical College campus. In the future, the city will build a third athletic complex north on Akron Avenue.

In 2008 Flint Hills Resources donated 57-acres to the city for the construction of an athletic complex. After receiving an in-kind donation for earth-work from Dakota Aggregates, the city started work on the fields in recent weeks. Schultz said they hope to seed those fields soon.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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