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Minnetrista, Minnesota

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Softball Fields 4/23/06

  • Field Sponsors:
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      • Northwest Tonka Lions 
      • Mohawk Jaycees
      • Mound American Legion
      • Mound VFW
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      • Scoreboard Sponsors:
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      • Mound Rotary
      • Lakeview Golf
      • Red Oak Golf
      • Pat Biehl & Family in memory of Rod Biehl
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      • Playground Sponsor:
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      • Leon Greenslit & Family in memory of Jamie Lee
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      • Baseball field Scoreboard Sponsor:
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Mud Volleyball at the Park

In the 1980s there was a local organization called Westonka MDA. It raised money for Jerry’s kids using various events and the help of local groups and individuals. Bill McNamee, a local businessmen was a vital contributor to the organization in its early days. The Mohawk Jaycees were an important contributing group, but there were many others as well.

One of their fund-raising events was an annual Mud Volleyball tournament. It rated appearances by the St. Paul Vulcans in some years, and involved up to 40 teams. Generally the rules were the same, best 2 out of 3 games, and either 15 or 21 points to win a game. The courts might have had a foot of water in them, but depending on the slope of the land, it might just be muck one played in. They were filled with water by the local fire department each morning but usually dried during the day. Shoes were required because of the occasional sharp rocks in mud.

The tournament moved to the Park in 1990s. Westonka MDA became Suburban West Charities with Stan Drahos as its President. The Jaycees became the main sponsor and supplier of volunteers for the tournament. The Jaycees were able to bring in many Jaycee Chapter teams from across the state to play. A few years back, the Mud Volleyball courts were replaced by a storage building bringing an end for now, of the Tournament. It was a unique event that brought many local and distant people to Park for the first time.

We know you care about the appearance of the place where you and your kids spend your time. You can help us keep the Park clean and looking good by using the garbage cans and picking up a piece of trash once in a while. Thank you.


One of our Osprey Eagles   June 2006

"Osprey have a unique fishing style. After spotting its target, sometimes from as high as 100 feet, the Osprey dives head first towards the water pulling up only at the last minute to grab the fish with its talons. Osprey almost always catch and eat their fish live.

Osprey usually mate for life. The female chooses the male on the basis of the quality and location of the nest he builds. The nest resembles a large basket built out of sticks, and can often be seen in the tops of dead trees. Osprey pairs will often come back to the same nest year after year when they return from winter migration." - More from:
Maine Rivers

Park Time Line

1986 The Northwest Tonka Lions start their process of building a local park. One site considered was just North of Westonka’s High School.

1988 The Lions purchase the land for the Park.

1990 The Westonka Recreational Association is formed.

1993 The outfield grass is planted. The City of Shorewood loans us a huge sprinkler and reel unit and watering begins using a gas powered pump that we discover does not run on diesel fuel.

1994 The softball infields are finished and volunteers hold the first batting practice. The outfield grass also is ready to play on. The North softball fences are built.

1995 The first games are played on Lion’s and Jaycee’s fields.

1999 The playground is built. Work on lighting the softball fields is started. Work on the baseball field is started.

2000 Work on lighting is completed. Softball scoreboards are installed.

2003 Work on the baseball concession stand is completed.

2004 The storage shed is built.

2008 The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is paved. It runs along the Northwest side of the park, and connects the park to St. Boni, Mound, and beyond.

2009 The idea of a Trailhead for the Dakota Regional Trail is discussed. Trailheads generally provide parking for trail users. A small part of the park's land may be used for such a trailhead.

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Our Field Sponsors played a key role in the early days of the Park.

The Park Board appreciates the Army Reserve based first out of Fort Snelling, and later at Fort Ripley and Mankato for all the work they did for the Park in the early 1990s. We remember their front-end loaders changing the landscape of the Park, and their work on the Main concession stand.

If you have your own website, consider adding a link to ours. We would appreciate the increased exposure your link would give us. It's an easy way to help out the Park.

If you would like to become a sponsor, send us an
email or give us a call at 952-472-1774.


Our Baseball Field.

This was the trail by the entrance before its completion that did connect Mound and Saint Bonifacius to the Park. This was the Dakota Rail Line. We ask that trail users and motorists exercise caution at this crossing.

From the Star Tribune:

"Carver County Parks is putting the final touches on a proposal for its 12 miles of the rail line, through rural areas in the western part of the county.

The Three Rivers Park District is farther along with plans for more than 13 miles of rail line in Hennepin County. Construction of a trail there could start this fall.

Carver County is studying how much a trail will cost and still must make key decisions, such as whether to allow snowmobiles or other motorized traffic, or whether the trail should be gravel or paved.

In Hennepin County, the park district board last month devoted $500,000 to drawing up detailed plans for a paved trail. Planners will work with city officials to determine how the trail will be built, what bridges and overpasses will look like, and where benches, landscaping, parking and other amenities will be placed."


May 2006, More from the Star Tribune:
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Our Ponds

The Park has three main ponds that serve three purposes.
 North
They help keep Lake Minnetonka cleaner by holding run off water. We also use the East pond to water the fields.
 East
The North pond is nearest to the Park entrance and has the highest elevation. Its overflow runs into the East pond which is to the South a ways. The East pond also will overflow into the South pond.
South
These overflows move through tiling, similar to what farmers use. The ponds are jointly owned as they run along the property lines. The third purpose of the ponds of course is to provide habitat for wildlife.