Ron and Jean Ready: City should OK WSU's ballpark plan

2014-05-25T00:00:00Z Ron and Jean Ready: City should OK WSU's ballpark planRon and Jean Ready Winona Winona Daily News
May 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

What do we have to lose? Winona State University will spend more than $5 million to improve the site, and the city will still own and be able to use the fields.

There has long been a need for lights on the softball fields. In early May, late July and August, visibility is very poor. Not only is it hard to see the ball in the outfield, but it also leads to twisted ankles and bad falls. 

It is a safety issue, and WSU is offering a solution. We should accept and say thanks.

We have often seen the coaches and staff maintaining and fixing the softball fields for play and are sure the baseball staff will do the same. 

The current WSU baseball field is inadequate. Fans put their lawn chairs on the sidewalk by a busy street. It looks tacky and unsafe. It reflects poorly on Winona as a city. When Bambenek was built, it was intended to be a ballpark. With WSU’s generous offer we can turn it into a first class facility. 

Having competitive fields, both baseball and softball, will mean the city can host tournaments throughout the season. That means a large influx of teams, their family and fans. That’s a major economic benefit to the entire city of Winona. 

We urge people to join us in making calls to the city council, writing letter and in getting behind this project.

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(6) Comments

  1. rickyboy
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    rickyboy - May 27, 2014 10:03 am
  2. Hive
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    Hive - May 27, 2014 6:09 am
    Big G and G..Monkey sort of have the flavor right on this latest
    WSU-city matter. What ever is done, we need sunset clause and provisions no classroom or dorm rooms allowed.

    That said, it has become painfully clear that Winona gropes with no implied above. We are college town, nice, but not tourist attraction.

    We had chance to run with river town and steamboat image and already in place, we let that flop.

    We had a later chance to become MN biking (tourist) capitol, not far from WI biking place, Sparta and we did nothing.

    Then the secondary bridge plan and its wonderful potential, and that as an attraction that would have out lasted most trending, was ignored.

    Levy Park notwithstanding, we are letting WSU dictate another sort of "convention hall?"

    How dim are we?

    Wrong-headed for so long and so many times? One would think citizens would awaken and do something to remove those responsible.

    No one here cares. We get the government and leadership we deserve!
  3. Just Saying
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    Just Saying - May 26, 2014 11:36 am
    I don't think the issue isn't whether WSU spending the money on this project is warranted. They have others to which they answer for that question. If the money isn't spent here I'm sure some other state campus would be happy to spend it.

    In my opinion the question is whether the project benefits the city and the majority of its residents or not. I certainly think it does.

    Winona needs to decide what it wants to be. Is it going to be an historic town whose past was bright and it's future dim or will we all work to make it the best example of small town living in the Midwest? Winona has many great features that have fallen to disrepair and neglect. It's time to renew and rejuvenate. Working with WSU can't hurt in this case.

  4. Big G
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    Big G - May 25, 2014 10:15 am
    WSU wants a 700 seat stadium. Average attendance at current field is probably in the neighborhood of 50 or 60. They should have plenty of room at the new boondoggle, I mean stadium.
  5. Sonny
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    Sonny - May 25, 2014 9:37 am
    I like the plan for the WSU ballfield at Lake Park.

    I didn't know the chairs on the sidewalk for the existing field were because of the poor facility, I thought they just didn't want to pay a fee to sit in the bleachers or just wanted a seat with a back.
  6. Angelo18
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    Angelo18 - May 25, 2014 12:26 am
    Great plan in place will only benefit the city. Anyone who objects needs to take a look at themself!
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