The last baseball games at historic Castle Field will played tomorrow (Saturday, July 14).
The Anoka Legion baseball team will play at 5 p.m., while the Anoka Bucs town ball team will play its last game earlier in the day at 1 p.m.
After the 5 p.m. game there will be a special closing ceremony at the field at approximately 7:15 p.m.
The field’s American flag will be retired and held until the opening ceremony at the new ball field, according to city of Anoka Recreation Services Manager Lisa LaCasse.
The closing ceremony will include speakers from the Anoka American Legion and the city of Anoka. The Castle family will also remove home plate.
Castle Field, built in 1949, was named for Willard Castle, an employee of the city’s water and light department, who died at the age of 26 when he was electrocuted on the job in June 1952.
Dismantling of the field’s infrastructure will start first thing Monday morning to make way for a new RiverWay Clinic that will be built by HealthPartners on the site. The clinic is expected to be relocated from its current location on Monroe Street to site just off Highway 10 next summer.
Construction is under way at the new Castle Field ball park, located near the Anoka High School along Seventh Avenue.
According to Public Services Director Greg Lee, the footings for the dugouts are going in and work continues on grading the site.
Utility work is also complete.
The new Castle Field is expected to open for limited play in 2013 and will fully go into commission for the 2014 baseball season.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org