Minot’s South Hill Complex along with Corbett Field will get a major facelift this summer. Turf will be laid down on the K.C. and Eagles diamonds as well as Corbett Field along with other renovations. Minot Recreation director Scott Collins said the renovations were in conjunction with one another which helped out not only in the bid process but also in the funding of both projects through the community facilities fund.
Scott Collins, Minot Recreation Director:We’re gonna be able to get both diamonds done, this diamond here will have new lights, permanent fencing, new dugouts, new block dugouts, the other diamond the Eagles will have turf, permanent fencing or new fencing with a portable fence inside and then block dugouts so we’re getting everything done for about roughly about 1.5 and some change.
The decision to renovate comes at a time when most new diamonds are being constructed with a turf surface which has proved to be durable and less costly to maintain.
Collins:The maintenance is a real big thing, you know you can actually start up here on a 9 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday or any given day for that matter and play all day long and the little bit of maintenance you have to do is go push the rubber and the sand back into the high traffic areas whereas when you’re doing it on a softball field with clay and agrilime or just grass your basically out there everytime you’re out there you’re beating it down and you’re tearing it up and it takes awhile to repair that too.
As far as what fans can expect when they see the new fields, Collins says there is a bit of a wow factor.
Collins:I think you’re gonna walk out here in November or whenever it gets done in late October, early November you’re gonna walk out on the fields and just kind of have that wow factor because when we went out to the other regions in North Dakota that has this turf that’s kind of what I got out of it I walked out and just kind of went wow its so nice and its so clean and its really nice.
Construction on the diamonds and Corbett Field is expected to start around the State Fair and the newly renovated fastpitch diamonds also will accomodate Cal Ripken age baseball games.