New park heading to Killdeer

When Cobblestone Hotel was constructed in Killdeer, the city lost its two baseball diamonds that lined Highway 200.

Preliminary plans for Killdeer’s new park, with baseball diamond, designed by INC.
Preliminary plans for Killdeer’s new park, with baseball diamond, designed by INC.

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted April 19, 2013

KILLDEER — When Cobblestone Hotel was constructed in Killdeer, the city lost its two baseball diamonds that lined Highway 200.

Little league and other baseball teams had no close location to play America’s pastime and season play was subsequently cancelled or relocated.

Prior to the Killdeer City Commission’s meeting Tuesday, the Killdeer Park Board met to discuss plans for the new baseball diamond and accompanying park coming to the city.

“Because of development, we lost our ball field,” Killdeer Mayor Dan Dolechek said. “My own kids signed up for baseball last year and didn’t get to play, so I’m getting flack at home.”

Within a development east of Killdeer, developer INC is planning a large area of land for the recreational area, land that is to be given to the city.

The city retained INC also to design and build the amenities.

Partial funding for the project comes from the $50,000 the city received from Cobblestone, to put towards a new baseball diamond.

“Nice layout on ball diamond,” Commissioner Chuck Muscha said.

Located by the winding Spring Creek, the park will feature a 250-foot diamond that will work for slow pitch and little league baseball. Playground equipment, staging for horseshoes, a gazebo, concessions and a picnic area are planned for the location.

The city decided to wait on making a decision to find space for an additional 350-foot baseball diamond, which would work well for the American Legion’s play, until a more finalized design and concept was provided for the INC development.

One idea of the park board was to link both diamonds with a bicycle path.

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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