Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
If you were at the Kimball Days parade Sunday, you may have noticed some young men walking the parade with a big picture of a baseball "stadium," complete with a grandstand and lights.
The image is a dream, not yet a reality, for the Kimball Baseball Association. The KBA has already made a number of improvements to Kimball's Veterans Memorial Field, the field that is part of Willow Creek Park, along Highway 15 on the south end of town. It started with the erection of a new outfield wall in 2003, then new dugouts, backstop, scoreboard, sprinkler system, mound/home plate, and consession stand with restrooms. These improvements have been documented over the years in the Tri-County News.
The work was made possible by fundraisers and countless hours by dedicated volunteers. Today, the Kimball field is one of the best in the area. In the mid-80s the field was in such bad condition that it couldn't be used for baseball, so it's truly come a long way.
Now it's time for lights and a grandstand, improvements that will make the field more accessable to more programs in our area. The KBA is looking for donations to make this dream a reality. Watch for fundraisers for these projects.
If you would like to be more involved in this process, contact any of the KBA board members: Jeremy Kuechle, Adam Beyer, John Erhard, Al Dingmann, Aaron Knaus, Brian Marquardt, or Tom Marquardt. They meet monthly, and welcome input and participation.
Veterans Memorial Field is used by the Kimball Express, our amateur baseball team, as well as the Kimball Area High School baseball team, and the Kimball Legion baseball team. It is owned by the City of Kimball, and maintained by the KBA. The field is also available to the public (call city hall at 398-2725 for more information or to reserve the field).