Walkers, joggers, and bikers who use the paths at Pribyl Park in Milbank will soon see some changes in the scenery. The most substantial modification will be the expansion of the southern-most baseball field.
The field is currently used by only t-ball through Little League level games, but according to city councilman and representative for the parks department, Mike Hanson, the move has been a long time in the making. “Ever since I’ve been on the city council, we have talked about converting the south field to a standard baseball field that can be used by all ages from t-ball all the way to Amateurs.”
“There are a significant number of games played on the Legion Field each summer by the Jr. Teeners, Teeners, Amateurs and Firechiefs. With all of the scheduled games, finding time for practicing becomes a challenge. The expansion of south field not only allows a second field for game and tournament play, but also opens up another space for the upper levels to practice,” stated Hanson.
“A group of local businesses has come together to make improvements at Pribyl…the replacements of the two bridges and the installation of lights around the path,” said Milbank City Administrator, Jason Kettwig, “The installation of the bridges and the lights will greatly enhance enjoyment while utilizing the park. As the fall days become shorter, the lights will offer extended use of the park, not only on the trails, but of the popular Frisbee-golf course as well.”
Work has already started with the majority expected to be completed yet this fall, according to Kettwig. Some of the construction will require completion next spring, such as the path that runs between the south field and the parking lot. This path will be relocated closer to the parking lot to make more room for the baseball field. Kettwig added. “These improvements have been talked about for the last four or five years. The helpful nudge, enthusiasm, and generosity of our local businesses helped to make the wonderful improvements a reality.”