Hopkins Area Little League and the City of Hopkins will be celebrating a totally remade Maetzold Field on May 7 thanks to tens of thousands of dollars worth of grants.
In 2011, Hopkins Area Little League was awarded when Little League Baseball chose the Hopkins program as its National Safety Award winner from among more than 2000 programs across the nation.
The city later received a $150,000 grant from the Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant Program and a $30,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund to upgrade the park.
The $235,000 in awards will pay for:
New infield and outfield turf,
- Dugout canopies,
- New outfield fencing,
- A state-of-the-art irrigation system,
- A scoreboard,
- Installation of the donated ball field lighting system,
- A double batting cage,
- New access into the park via asphalt trail and steps to 12th Avenue and
- Shade tree plantings.
A dedication for the improvements will take place at 5:45 p.m. May 7 at Maetzold Field. According to the city, the ceremony will include recognition of contributors and volunteers, remarks, the national anthem and ceremonial first pitches by Hopkins Area Little League President Paul Hurth and Hopkins Mayor Gene Maxwell.
A Little League game will take place after the dedication.