City Receives Hennepin Youth Sports Program Grant
December 18, 2014
The City of Golden Valley is one of 14 public organizations recently awarded facilities grants for 2015 from the Hennepin Youth Sports Program. On Dec 15, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a total of $1,849,665 in Youth Sports Program grants for 2015. Golden Valley will receive $325,000 for athletic facility improvements at Sandburg Learning Center.
The City will use the grant to improve the baseball and soccer fields at Sandburg as well as provide better access to convenient parking. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2015. The City Council will officially accept the grant and donations from fiscal partners at an upcoming City Council meeting.
Sandburg Learning Center is a principal location for youth Babe Ruth baseball and soccer for Golden Valley and surrounding communities. The two youth full-sized baseball fields were built in the early 1970s and have not had any capital improvements since. The soccer fields are positioned over three old softball fields and a running track. Along with several key environmental improvements to the area, the proposed improvements include:
- replacing old block dugouts with new fenced dugouts
- adding permanent outfield fence to both fields
- removing the old softball fields and running track and re-grading the soccer field area
- replacing failing irrigation to the baseball fields and adding irrigation to the soccer fields
- installing proper drainage and storm water management facilities
- constructing trails from the west parking lot to all fields
The project is a partnership between the City of Golden Valley, School District 281, the Park Valley Soccer Association, and the Armstrong-Cooper Youth Baseball Association.
The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awards capital grants to local governments to build, repair, renovate or expand youth sports facilities in Hennepin County. The State of Minnesota law authorizing the building of Target Field allows Hennepin County to use proceeds from the 0.15% sales tax surcharge to award more than $2 million each year for sports facilities and equipment. Since 2009, the program has awarded more than $13 million to communities throughout Hennepin County. This same amount has been used to keep Hennepin County libraries open on Sundays as well.