Anoka kicks off Castle Field campaign

With the first phase almost complete, the city of Anoka and the Castle Field Association are kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for phase two of the new Castle Field construction project located adjacent to Anoka High School.

Installation of bleachers at the new Castle Field. Photo courtesy of the city of Anoka
Installation of bleachers at the new Castle Field. Photo courtesy of the city of Anoka

Capital expenditures for phase two are valued at $500,000 and include rest rooms and concession buildings, plaza area and entrance gate and a memorial garden.

Prior to the start of the campaign, the city was presented with a cash donation of $8,000 from RJM Enterprises/Killebrew Root Beer. Also the city recently received an additional $7,000 in contributions, including a monetary donation and the purchase of six bucket seats and eight paver bricks.

The bucket seats and paver bricks are just a couple of the donation opportunities available. Added to the list are a picture mosaic, memorial trees and multiple monetary levels from a base hit to a grand slam up to MVP levels.

“We are pleased to be able to share in this project with many partners including the Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, the Anoka American Legion and private and corporate donors,” said Councilmember Mark Freeburg. “The capital campaign may prove to be challenging, but together we can make it happen.”

Construction of phase two is planned for 2013.

Bart Ward, member of the capital fund-raising committee, said, “We have over 80 percent of the funds needed to build Castle Field. This public campaign for the final 20 percent will be systematic and well coordinated.

“In the end this community will be well served by this ball field. I am glad to see that we are seeking private and corporate donations to realize our final goal. I love it when a public project has private monies attached to it.”

Those interested in donating to the Castle Field Fund can visit to download the donation form or call 763-576-2980 to request a form be mailed. For corporations wishing to make a premier sponsorship, call City Manager Tim Cruikshank at 763-576-2711.

The capital campaign fund-raising committee will also be present at various fall and winter events in Anoka to offer information.

As a premier ball field serving both youth and adults, Castle Memorial Field will fulfill the community needs of Anoka and surrounding cities for years to come. The new Castle Field is located at 4001 7th Avenue, Anoka.