Roughly 12 years after Lions Field was constructed, the Waconia Baseball Association has finally paid off the stadium lights.
WBA President Duane Sawyer said this day has been a long time coming and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of private donations, fundraising, and the Waconia Lions Club.
“The Lions Club has been a great supporter of that baseball facility,” he said.
Next up for Lions Field is to make it even more stadium-like. The WBA hopes to construct a grandstand, which would include covered seating, restrooms, and an updated concession stand.
“We’re currently in a preliminary design phase for putting plans together for a grandstand,” Sawyer said.
The grandstand itself is likely to cost around $300,000, with an additional $150,000 to improve the infrastructure of the site, including water, utilities, and path relocation.
The WBA will present plans and a preliminary budget to the Waconia City Council in September and hopes to put the project in motion next year.
“If we can raise the money necessary to do it, we’d like to start on it next spring,” Sawyer said.
He said compared to other cities and towns, some with smaller baseball programs and less funding, Waconia is behind on its fields.
“We’re severely lacking when it comes to decent baseball facilities,” he said.
The WBA raises money throughout the year by hosting Junior Legion and softball tournaments. Sawyer said the WBA is about to launch a capital campaign committee in an effort to get local businesses more involved.
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