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Dred Scott facilities to be improved

At nearly 50 acres, it’s hard to miss Dred Scott Playfield. Many a baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and tennis game has been played there. All that use requires not only routine maintenance but also long-overdue upgrades to the park. 

“It’s time. We’re revitalizing the park facilities and giving Dred Scott a new image. It will be much more operational and functional for park users with updated features,” Recreation Supervisor Mike Ramirez said. 

This fall, the wheelhouse building, which includes restrooms and concessions, will be renovated and converted from a two-story to a one-story building to become Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. There will also be a more serviceable concession stand and tournament headquarters. 

“The goal is to replace bleachers, add shade structures and redesign bathrooms for easier access,” Ramirez said. “The project is to be completed over the winter so Dred Scott Playfields will be fully operational by April 2020, when the spring and summer season begins.”

For more information, visit blm.mn/parks or call 952-563-8877.