Minnesota Sports Turf Manager’s Association Helps the Community

The Minnesota Chapter of the Sports Turf Manager’s Association (STMA) sponsored a community project to renovate a local baseball field, Ford Fields in Highland Park, located in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. Today, Ford Fields plays host to over 780 kids on 64 baseball and softball teams. It also was the field where pitcher Jack Morris got his start.

"The Minnesota chapter of the STMA is comprised of 160 members. We focus on the importance of high quality and safe playing conditions of sports turf areas," says Mike McDonald, University of Minnesota turf manager and past president of the Minnesota STMA. "We are excited to help the community by offering our expertise in renovating a local baseball facility. Local vendors supplied sod, ag-lime, black dirt, transportation, edgers and a skid steer loader. MTI, the local Toro distributor, provided a Toro utility vehicle for the project, which proved to be essential for hauling materials and grooming the skinned areas of the fields."

"The Highland Area Little League Baseball Association runs the Little League Baseball and Softball programs as well as a Hi-Tower Babe Ruth Baseball Program," says Elliott Knetsch, president of the organization. "Our organization was established in 1953 and this past season we celebrated our 50th year of existence. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward for the 48 baseball teams and 18 softball teams to see and experience the results."

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