The La Crosse Loggers Lumberyard will undergo some updates over the next several months.
Loggers employees, La Crosse Area Baseball Hall of Fame members, and Borton Construction employees gathered at Copeland Park on Thursday to officially break ground on their construction plans.
Owner, Dan Kapanke said it's very exciting for the organization and the community.
"Seeing the look on the fans faces as they come in the new gate and the new area here, that will be fun to watch," said Kapanke.
As fans walk into the entrance of Copland Park, they'll walk across the greatest who have played, coach, and impacted the Loggers in some form. With marble home plate pavers being placed along the entry path to honor not only the legacy of the organization but the history of the game as well.
"This is a game changer, it elevates it quite honestly. Our whole league continues to raise the bar in terms of ballparks and experiences for fans and we want to be right with it," said Chris Goodell, General Manager.
The $900,000 project will include a full-fledged ticket office, large retail store, new concessions, and larger restroom facilities; offering two times as many restrooms for guys and three times for women.
Paul Borsheim, President and Owner of Borton Construction said it's a fun and rather personal project to be a part of.
"I grew up on the Northside and I played ball on this field and just to see the growth over the last fifteen years, how the Loggers have continued to improve and reinvest in the park. It's really kind of neat to see the story and making memories every year," said Borsheim.
The goal with this project is to utilize this space not just for baseball, but for area events too. Such as reunions, work meetings, and other recreational activities.
"We're reinvesting into Copeland, absolutely because we believe it. Our fans deserve it and need it and the community needs it as well," added Goodell.
The project will be finished just in time for opening day in the Spring of 2017.
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