Field of Dreams soon to become reality


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10/20/2009 4:12:00 PM  Email this articlePrint this article 
Field of dreams soon to become reality

Karen Mahoney

The power of the Internet was never more apparent as when Union Grove received a $15,000 award to get a baseball diamond built on the former Union Grove Grade School building site.

Beating out 4,200 other fields across the nation, residents, friends, and visitors clicked the village’s way to a win in the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Plant a Seed campaign.

Kellogg’s plans to renovate approximately 50 fields across the United States through the program. The company created this initiative to provide children with the opportunity to stay active and be their best by giving them better places to play. Parents, residents and visitors were encouraged to submit their kids’ fields for consideration on the company’s Web site,

The program, entitled “Plant a Seed,” focused on the important role we all play in building stronger communities and making a difference in kids’ lives. Additionally, Kellogg’s sponsors “Earn Your Stripes,” a program about inspiring kids to be their best by eating right and exercising. “Plant a Seed” shows that before anyone can earn a single stripe, someone has to plant a seed and give kids places to realize their promise and potential.

When the village purchased the approximately six-acre property last year, the old graded school building was removed and officials estimated park renovation costs to be in excess of $30,000.

According to Scott Katterhagen, village trustee, the Kellogg funds will enable the village to construct a baseball diamond and a smaller field for T-ball, coach pitch, whiffleball and kickball.

“Also the recreation commission is hoping to put a band shell there with playground equipment, a couple of pavilions and a nice walking path around the whole property,” he said. “There will also be a nice size parking lot.”

Over the summer, students from MSOE were given the opportunity to present design ideas for the park, with input from the Park and Recreation committee as well as input from village residents. The village board has not made a final selection, according to Trustee Gordon Svendsen.

“But, now that we have a plan for the space, we can ask local organizations such as Kiwanis, the Lions Club, etc, as well as individuals for donations,” he said.

With some work to be completed this fall, village officials hope the field will be ready for baseball season next spring.

“The fencing, sodding and ball mix should be installed this fall yet,” said Katterhagen. “So, next spring we should be able to use this field.”

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