Victoria Park field
A synthetic turf field will be installed this year for soccer, lacrosse and baseball in the West End neighborhood’s Victoria Park.

A $1.4 million multiuse athletic field is expected to be built this construction season near the corner of Victoria Way and Adrian Street in Victoria Park. The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation Transportation and Land Use Committee got a chance to weigh in on the field’s design features on February 2.

The synthetic turf field will be used for youth soccer, lacrosse and baseball. The project also includes restrooms and a picnic shelter on the field’s northwest corner. Funding is being provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Twins and other sources.

Committee members liked what they saw for the most part, and favored having the picnic shelter and restroom facilities adjacent, but not attached. They also requested that a proposed brick oven be located near the new facilities. Additional design features discussed included a large periscope that would offer views of the Mississippi River Valley, a water feature and a play area. 

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City staff is working with Snow Kreilich Architects and Larson Engineering on the project. Comments from the committee will be incorporated into the final design.

The field, restrooms, shelter and other park features are included in a Victoria Park master plan that was adopted in 2013.

Bids for this year’s work will be taken in the spring. The field project could also include features such as dugouts and lighting if the bids for the work are favorable.

More information about the project is available at tinyurl.com/2ppjeb23.

 

— Jane McClure

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