Work is underway to renovate Brinkman Field, the Greendale High School baseball field.
The project, which will be funded through a grant from the Reiman Foundation with matching funds from Greendale Schools, has a budget of $570,000, according to district spokesperson Kitty Goyette.
The first phase of the renovation includes repositioning the field and moving home plate toward Southway to increase the distances to the outfield. The new field will feature natural turf with an irrigation system and includes the installation of the infrastructure for light poles and lights. Alterations to the field and dimensions create a WIAA regulation field to allow Greendale to host playoff games and tournaments.
This spring and summer, the high school baseball teams did not play any home games. All games were played on the road and the teams practiced at the community center.
Goyette said the district anticipates the field to be ready for the 2014 season next May.
Protective fencing will be added to keep foul balls from reaching Southway and to protect fans in the stands, during the first phase of renovations, and adding outfield fencing will allow for the scheduling of events in both Gavinski Stadium and the baseball field at the same time.
The discus and shot put areas southwest of the football practice field will be relocated to inside Gavinski Stadium.
Future phases include installation of light poles and lights, a press box, additional fan seating, a concession stand, parking lot repaving, and a patio.
A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the field, located east of Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, Greendale.
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