The Winona City Council will hear about plans for a new baseball field at Bambenek Fields in Lake Park at an informational meeting on Monday, March 4. The use and costs of the new field would be shared by the city and Winona State University (WSU).
WSU approached the city with the idea, said Parks and Recreation Community Services Director Chad Ubl. Currently, there are six softball fields at the site, one of which is shared by WSU and the city.
Ubl said he did not have any cost estimates for the project. WSU and city staff want to make sure the city council is okay with the concept before moving forward to the design stage, he explained.
The cost of the shared softball field at Bambenek Fields was $549,476, split 50-50 between WSU and the city. The success of that project is part of the impetus for this new shared baseball field, Ubl noted.
Bambenek Fields also has green space that is used by Winona Area Public Schools and WSU intramural athletics. The new field would be built on some of that green space. Ubl said the impact of the use of that space is “something we still have to evaluate. It certainly will have an impact on how the park is used, but I think that impact will be a positive impact.”
The proposal will also recommend leveling out the remaining green space at the site so that it could be better used for playing catch or pickup soccer, Ubl said.
The informational meeting is open to the public and will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in the Wenonah Room in City Hall.