HK SportsFields LLC was hired by the City of Waupun, WI to design, coordinate, and manage their new 4 Field Synthetic Turf Complex. The Complex includes a huge concession stand, bathrooms, press box, and parking, with three Little League sized fields and a Varsity High School field. Below is an excerpt from the local newspaper.
WAUPUN – Baseball fever in Waupun is growing among kids, coaches and fans as construction workers press ahead to complete by spring a $2.2 million sports complex featuring four state-of-the-art baseball diamonds.
“There are three little league fields and one varsity field going in,” said Waupun Little League President Kent VandeKlok. “We hope everything will be ready in time for an opening day ceremony May 12.”
VandeKlok said 29 teams with 310 players make up the Waupun Little League, which includes players from 4 to 14 years old.
“There are two diamonds at Howard’s Field but there are ongoing flooding problems,” he said. The new fields will have artificial surface on all infields making it the best in the Midwest. With this surface we can have two inches of rain, and can play a half-hour later.”
VandeKlok said because of flooding at Howard’s field, Waupun has lost out on tournaments and last year had to play several times on the girl’s softball field.
“But we will continue to use Howard’s field for practices and extra games,” he said.
Kevin DeBoer, the varsity baseball coach at Waupun High School, said, “After 17 years of coaching baseball in the Waupun School District it has been amazing to see the support of the school district and community for youth and high school athletics.
“We have 26 scheduled games beginning March 27, 2012, and running through the first week in June. Of our 26 games, 14 contests are nonconference games. Eleven of the 14 teams wanted to come to Waupun to play due to the new facility,” he said.
DeBoer said Waupun is also hosting an eight-team Division 2 bash, which includes eight of the preseason top 20 ranked teams in Wisconsin.
“The tournament will run April 13 to 14 and is a great opportunity to watch some quality baseball,” he said.
Speaking of sports in Waupun, DeBoer said the development of Little League Baseball, youth football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, softball and hoopsters basketball allows parents the ability to enroll their children in quality athletic programs that help teach important concepts, such as teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and dedication as well as appropriately dealing with success and failure, which is crucial in developing a well-rounded adult for the community of Waupun.
“And with the involvement of countless volunteers that spend hours working with the youth and young adults of our community we are developing an atmosphere that people would like to raise their children in,” DeBoer said.
City administrator Kyle Clark said costs for the sports complex at 802 Lincoln St. along with the present continuation of Shaler Drive at the corner of Lincoln Street to the corner of Mayfair and Watertown streets, is being made from development within those districts. He said there is no tax increase, and that repayment is refinanced from TIF #1 and TIF #5 funds.
Publicworks director Dick Flynn said the public is also contributing to the complex.
“So far we’ve received about $18,000 in donations,” he said. “People can donate ‘in memory of’ or ‘in honor of’ and larger donations will have the contributors name engraved on a plaque at the entrance to the sports complex.
I want to thank everyone that has donated to the baseball fields to date,” he said.
Forms for donations can be picked up at City Hall, 201 E. Main St.
Posted in Local on Thursday, November 17, 2011 10:21 pm