Benjamin Roundy was playing catch with his brother at the city park on Central Avenue and having a great time.
By Bryan Gallegos
For the DC Herald
But soon, the boys will be playing catch on a new field – a field of dreams.
The City of Killdeer is building it and they are coming. The city’s field of dreams is a new 18-acre complex on the east side of town that will feature several amenities in a picturesque setting designed for summer fun that would be the envy of any big city.
The project will cost $1.7 million and will be paid through oil impact funds from the state of North Dakota, and through a 10-year city sales tax plan, said James Mousseau, the city’s parks and recreation director.
There will be grass, and trees and walking trails and places for families to have picnics – a pavilion and gazebos with stationary tables.
But what has Roundy most excited is he’ll be able to play baseball there. And not just baseball. The complex will include a baseball field, a softball field, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, horse shoe pits, a skate park and an ice rink.
The area will also feature a concession building with indoor rest rooms. For Roundy, that’s a perfect addition when you play baseball. After all, what is a night at the ball park without a soda and a hot dog?
“I can’t wait. I love baseball,” Roundy said, in between tosses to his little brother. “It will be fun to play here.”
He and others will get that chance. The Killdeer Parks and Recreation Department rekindled a summer baseball program this year, attracting 82 boys and girls from around Dunn County. It will be the first time in five years that the Parks and Recreation Department will offer summer youth baseball, Mousseau said.
“We’re starting from scratch with this,” Mousseau said. “I think kids are really looking for something positive and important to do in the summer.”
Last year, Roundy and his siblings went to Halliday to play America’s favorite past time. They practiced and played intra-squad games, said Roundy’s mother, Erin.
This summer, youths in the Killdeer program will be able to participate in T-ball, Mustang baseball and Little League. The T-ball team will be made up of kids between the age of 4-6, while Mustang League players will be for youths 7-9, and Little League will be for children 10-12 years of age.
There is no cost for T-ball, but the fee for Mustang and Little League are $50 per child. Registration will be open through the entire season, Mousseau said
T-ball will scrimmage for the most part, Mousseau said, but will have a tournament in Bowman on June 29.
The Mustang team, which may be split into two teams, and the Little League team will be playing home and away games in the State Line Conference that will feature squads from South Heart, Bowman, New England, Belfield, Hettinger and Richardton, Mousseau said. The season was scheduled to start on May 31 and both divisions will have league tournaments.
The Parks and Recreation Department also hired coaches for the team. The coaches include: Jaylee Booth, T-ball; Heather Travis, Mustang; and Ryan Halverson, Little League.
“Our vision is to grow these programs so people will want to go to the games,” Mousseau said.
The Complex is scheduled to be completed in June, which is the city’s responsibility. The baseball program is the responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Department. It is providing all the gear and equipment for the teams – gloves, uniforms, bats and balls, helmets, and catcher’s gear.
And the community is helping making it happen. The Saddle Club recently donated $5,000 for the purchase of equipment and for travel expenses for the teams.
Mousseau said the department will accept any donation for the program but has established a three-tier sponsorship program – bronze, $250; silver, $500; and gold, $1,000 and above.
“There’s going to be trial and error to bring this back, but we want to get better every year,” Mousseau said.