Carson Park, currently the home of the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League, is one of the more historical parks in the Upper Midwest. It was home to the Eau Claire Bears of the original Northern League, and some future major leaguers spent time there, including future Hall-of-Famer Henry Aaron. A statue honoring Aaron sits at the entrance of the ballpark.
Year Opened: 1937
Dimensions: 326L, 352LC, 388C, 332RC, 302R
Playing Surface: Grass
League: Northwoods League
Parking: Plenty of free parking in an adjacent parking lot.
Address/Directions: One Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire. Carson Park is a large city park in the southwest corner of Eau Claire. To get there, get on Hwy. 12 (which runs through the south part of town) and go east on Menomonie Street. The Carson Park entrance will be on your left, next to the Dairy Queen.
Carson Park is in pretty decent shape considering its age; the city upgraded the ballpark with handicapped-accessible ramps and other amenities, while the Express added a huge party deck past the right-field fence.
This is one of the more unique parks in baseball. It’s located smack-dab in the middle of a large city park that includes hiking trails, a logging exhibit and horseshoe pits. You can imagine spending the entire day taking in the pleasures of the park and then hitting the ballpark for a night game.