Thanks to a partnership between private and public donors, local community organizations, and the City of Stevens Point, Zenoff Park's three dirt infield surfaces will be removed and replaced with synthetic turf surfaces by early November.
Matt Disher, President of the Stevens Point Softball Association (SPSA), said, “This turf project will be an outstanding addition to an already great facility. This is another example of the SPSA’s mission to provide top quality programs and facilities for both youth and adult softball and baseball programs.”
The project has been made possible through private and public partnerships, with a significant portion of the funding being privately raised. Donors for the project include Team Schierl Companies, Furniture and ApplianceMart, KI Mobility, Rettler Corporation, Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Development Committee, the Community Park Improvement Committee, Stevens Point Softball Association, Stevens Point Youth Baseball Association, and the Stevens Point Youth Girls Softball Association. The City of Stevens Point and room tax funds also contributed to the project.
Project manager, Ross Rettler, of Rettler Corporation said, “The team and partnership between SPSA, the City of Stevens Point, and Rettler Corporation began planning this project back in May of 2016. Breaking ground on this project is a testament to all of the hard work and persistence that went into making this project a reality for our community. It will be exciting to see all the opportunities that the synthetic surface will provide for varying levels of play for many years to come.”
The City of Stevens Point owns and maintains Zenoff Park in partnership with the Stevens Point Softball Association who organizes and coordinates the day-to-day operations. Adult and youth leagues and tournaments play at the complex, and the unique partnership has been incredibly beneficial for the City and community. The turf infields will allow play to begin earlier in the spring and nearly eliminate the threat of rain causing cancellations due to field conditions.
Mayor of Stevens Point, Mike Wiza, said, “Zenoff Park draws in thousands of players and spectators every single season. This turf improvement will allow more games in more conditions. The economic value to the community is huge, but the fact that this great facility is in our city is even bigger”
The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9 and be completed by early November.