How the grounds crew keep Municipal in great shape

Municipal Ballparks has gotten quiet the workout this summer. The field has seen even more traffic because of the addition of the Larks. So how are the grounds keepers able to keep the field in top condition?

For the past five months, Municipal Ballpark has been in high demand.

“It’s actually looked better this year than it has in years past,” Operations Director David Mayer said.

Since March, there have been 89 games in 99 days. Four high schools, one college, one Northwoods League team, one Legion program and one Babe Ruth team call Municipal home.

“Our staff is really in tune with how the field needs to be maintained,” Mayer said.

The Bismarck Larks opened their first season at the ball park, but that didn’t effect the grounds crew’s routine.

“We had a little spring break between the college season and when the Larks started this year,” Mayer said. “So we did cut out some areas and patch them with sod.”

Snow from the winter helped, too. The maintenance crew goes through four-steps to get the field ready for play: Aerate, fertilize, overseed in heavy-use areas and water.

Larks and Governors players say the field looks great.

“The grounds crew has done a pretty good job with field,” Governors pitcher Ian McDonald said, “especially with the Larks here.”

“The grass is actually green,” said Larks pitcher Trenton Stoltz, “compared to some of the other places that we play. We went to La Crosse and I actually busted my ankle because they’re potholes all over the outfield grass there.”

For the rest of the summer, the field will see 39 games in 39 days. But the Larks are more than happy with the place they call home.

“The mound is still beautiful there’s no holes,” Stoltz said. “The infield dirt is still fresh. It says a lot about what they do for us.”

The next game at Municipal is tomorrow when the Senators take on the 14s


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