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Minnesota Park and Sports Turf
Managers Association has the answers!
We will select a
field from entries submitted and provide the labor for the
renovation project. Some materials will be donated or
provided at a reduced cost. Volunteers from
organization will be needed to complete the renovation
project as well as to care
for the field after the
renovations are complete.
Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
P. O. Box 617, Wayzata, MN 55391
at (612) 328-5812 with questions about this project.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2017
THINK SAFETY - DO IT FOR THE KIDS!
The MPSTMA is seeking volunteers to help with the Community Service Project at A
FIELD TO BE ANNOUNCED. To complete this project,
the use/need of equipment, products,
trucking/hauling and on-site labor is needed!
Please contact Mike McDonald at 612-625-5154 or
any of the above committee members if you
are interested in volunteering or have
equipment or products available for this
In summary, we are looking for these needs
listed above and plenty of personnel for the manual labor.
8am - 4pm (8 hours is best, but a 4-hour shift
works, too.) Lunch will be served at noon.
SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Community Service Project
Took Place in Hamel
Community Service Project is annual event performed by
members of the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers
Association. In a couple of months,
MPSTMA members will gather at Fortin Field in Hamel on Wed., April
26 for a hands-on renovation. This is a great way to work
along side the some of the best sports turf managers in the
industry. Volunteers are needed. Supplies are needed. If you can
help in any way, please contact the MPSTMA office or Mike
The following link is an example of what the MPSTMA does on a
Community Service Project Day.
This is a useful file if a renovation project is your future, too.
BALL FIELD RENOVATION
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT HELPS PRODUCE
A BRAND NEW PARKWAY LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD IN ST. PAUL
October 21, 2015a perfect fall day, MPSTMA members performed a
Community Service Project at Parkway Fields in St. Paul. Parkway
Fields are a group of four baseball fields on private land. The
two original fields were built 60 years ago. The third field,
with help from a MPSTMA Community Service Project was built 9
years ago. This year, a fourth field for 5-10 year olds was
Thanks in large part to a couple of MPSTMA Commercial member
companies: Shwaders Sports Turf Management and Minnesota Sod Company; good
people who had the right equipment and made this Community Service
Project possible. Homeplate, the pitching rubber and the bases were anchored into
their proper spots. Volunteers helped pinch together the sod as
it was laid in the outfield by one of Minnesota Sod Company's
sod rolling machines.
The group of volunteers took a break at mid-day for lunch
featuring pulled pork sandwiches and grilled hot dogs.
MPSTMA CSP PARTICIPANTS Mike McDonald CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium
Ben Boeding CSFM, City of Eagan
Tom Groh, Minnesota Sod Company
Adam Farrell, Shwaders Sports Turf Management
Kyle Larson, Shwaders Sports Turf Management
Steve Nielsen, Shwaders Sports Turf Management
Jerry Nelson, Macalester College
Troy Von Holdt, Redexim Turf Products
Kevin Manley, JRK Seed and Turf Supply
Mike Kelly, TerraMax
Matt Ring, TerraMax
Dave Nozal, Tree Trust
Sean Ransick, Tree Trust
Caleb Leto, Site One
Joe Churchill, Reinders Inc.
Doug Daniel, Cycle Works Golf Supply
Duke Halley, Central Sod Farm
Jeff Turtinen, MPSTMA
Ken Sabota, Parkway Fields
....plus a half dozen local volunteers
It wasn't the most complex of Community Service Projects
performed by MPSTMA but it certainly was a job well done
RENOVATES BALDWIN PARK
By Tom Knisley
Three Rivers Park District
Park in Circle Pines received a major facelift thanks to the
teamwork of the Centennial Baseball League, the City of
Circle Pines and the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers
Centennial Baseball League has hosted literally hundreds of
home games at Baldwin Park over the years. But after years
of heavy use, the ball field at the park was in need of
improvements. The City of Circle Pines agreed. But with
tough economic times and tight budgets the city simply
couldn’t commit the kind of resources necessary to make the
changes. So a partnership was born. The Centennial
Baseball League and the city developed a plan for improving
the ball fields. Improvements would include a new pitcher’s
mound, grass base paths down the first and third baselines,
a new home plate area, a reworked infield, new warning
track, an improved sprinkler system, and artificial turf
lining the dugout areas. If the league could raise the
funds for the improvements the city would okay the work and
provide assistance during construction.
Pines Park Superintendent Dave Phipps said a partnership was
the key to the project moving forward. “Partnering is the
only way something like this is going to happen. It’s how
small towns get things done,” Phipps said. With the
blessing of the city, the Centennial Baseball League began
their efforts to raise the resources for the project. Local
ballplayers sold raffle tickets and raised roughly $7,000.
A good start, but more was needed. Fortunately, the leagues
grant writing efforts paid off.
that’s when the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers
Association joined in. Each year this group, of landscaping
and field maintenance and construction experts gather
donated, time, equipment, materials and expertise from
vendors and local businesses in their profession. They then
bring all of those gathered resources together to complete
one public service project a year. This year they chose the
grant application that was submitted by the Centennial
August 8th ball players, families, city
officials, and turf experts all gathered to give Baldwin
Park a makeover. Mike McDonald, turf manager for TCF
Stadium, was the project manager for the Baldwin Park Redo.
“We’ve been doing this for nine years.” McDonald said. For
McDonald it’s all about community service. Paul Griffin who
co-chaired the project for the MPSTMA agreed. ”This is a
great opportunity for us to share our skills and help out
local communities and baseball associations,” Griffin said.
Irlbeck, Field Manager for the Centennial Baseball League
was grateful for the support. “It would be impossible for a
small baseball association to pull off a major project like
this without the cooperation and support we’ve received from
the city, the turf managers and all the generous businesses
that donated, time labor, supplies and equipment,” Irlbeck
vendors and businesses that donated to this effort were,
John Deere Landscapes, JRK Seed & Turf Supply, MagicTurfs,
MTI Distributing Inc., Property Props, Reinders Inc.,
TerraMax, Tri State Bobcat, Toro Company, Turf Co., PBI
Gordon, D. Ervasti Sales and Turfwerks.
do the ball players think? “I’m excited to play here next
year. It’s so much nicer now. Did you see that pitcher’s
mound? It’s amazing,” said Carl Knisely who played on the
13UAAA traveling team this year.
Centennial Baseball League offers traveling baseball at the
AAA and AA levels and also fields in house teams that
compete in the Northstar League. The league serves area
youth ages 13-19, who are from the communities of Circle
Pines, Centerville, the Eastern portions of Blaine,
Lexington and Lino Lakes.