Athletic Park, home of the Wisconsin Woodchucks (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) and a classic Civilian Conservation Corps facility, is set for renovation the next five years.
The $2.7 million plan, to be funded by team owner Mark Macdonald, calls for a renovated grandstand with suites and updated concessions. The area around the ballpark will be upgraded by the city with new lighting and additional parking.
The original wooden grandstand and stone fence surrounding the ballpark was built in 1936 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public-relief program designed to keep young men working during the Great Depression. The ballpark as it is now is not the original CCC structure; the stone fence remains, but the wooden grandstand was destroyed by fire in 1950.
Work on the park at 324 E. Wausau Ave. is scheduled to begin in August after this year’s baseball season ends, Macdonald, announced during a Tuesday news conference. Crews first will rebuild the ballpark’s 450-seat grandstand, which will feature rebuilt luxury suites, premium seats, retail shops, later this year. Other additions, such as new bleachers, concession stands and party decks, will be constructed in phases during the next three to five years, Macdonald said.
“The renovation of Athletic Park will create an asset for the community that will be something that we can be proud of — not just the city of Wausau but all of central Wisconsin,” Macdonald said Tuesday.
Wausau was an oriignal team in the Northwoods League. Before that it hosted pro baseball in the form of a Midwest League team.
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