City ordering plans for second phase of Castle Field

The Anoka City Council has ordered the plans for the second phase of construction at Castle Field.

This will include a building under the bleachers to house concessions, rest rooms and storage facilities.

Construction is expected to start once the baseball season is complete.

This second phase is estimated to cost $427,000, according to Public Services Director Greg Lee.

“We’re very lucky to have that in Anoka,” said Councilmember Jeff Weaver. “For those kids coming up playing baseball what a lofty ambition to be able to someday go play ball in that park.”

“What a place to be able to go and spend an evening or a Saturday.”

Phase one of Castle Field included the field itself, the bleachers, dugouts. The parking lot and remaining work has been split into two phases, said Lee.

Following the construction of the building later this summer, the final phase is the plaza and connecting trails, planned for construction next year.

Plans for the second phase will be presented to the council Monday and the city could look at awarding a contract for the project Aug. 19.

Anoka has been in talks with the Northwoods League about bringing a team in to play at Castle Field.

Weaver questioned how these improvements will work with any needs of that league.

Lee said he has an indication of the kind of infrastructure that would be needed by the league if it comes to Castle Field.

“Yes, this plan will accommodate future expansion of the Northwoods League,” Lee said.

Notably the seating capacity would need to be expanded to 1,600 from the current 250. Additional bleachers and rest rooms would be required.

Park dedication funds will largely pay for phase two, but City Manager Tim Cruikshank said the city will continue to work to secure fundraising to help pay for the completion of the ballpark, and the plaza in particular.

The city is working to attract major commercial sponsors and the public can contribute through a variety of fundraising options, including the purchase of bucket seats at the stadium, paver bricks or by participating in a photo mosaic.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]