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Pictured are preliminary designs for a new multipurpose shelter near the baseball fields in the southwest part of town that officials hope will be fin-ished by June. Submitted photo

New multipurpose shelter to go up by SW baseball fields

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The construction of a new and improved shelter near the little league fields and skating rink in the southwest part of Wadena is planned to begin in May and be finished by June, Park Advisory Board officials said Wednesday.  

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Board Member Bob Zosel said the enclosed section of the shelter will serve as both a team room to store baseball equipment in the summer, and a warming house for the skating rink in the winter. Board Secretary Ron Bucholz said the open part of the shelter will be ideal for watching baseball games in the shade. The open section of the shelter measures 30-by-24 feet and the closed half 30-by-30 feet, Zosel said.

The new shelter replaces one that stood for 50 years, until it was destroyed by the 2010 tornado that damaged much of Wadena.

“We never did find the roof,” Bucholz said.  

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and insurance companies estimated the cost of rebuilding the old shelter as it was at approximately $61,000, Bucholz said. That much in insurance is available to go toward construction of the new shelter, Bucholz said. Total cost estimates won’t be available until construction companies enter bids on the project, however.  Plans for the shelter may have to be scaled back, depending on how much additional funding is obtained and how high the construction bids are.

Brian Hillesland, the city council’s representative on the Park Advisory Board, said the shelter would add practicality to the sports facilities nearby.

“I think it’ll make the whole thing a little bit more useful,” Hillesland said. “I think it’s going to be close enough to some of the residents, things like that, close enough to school so all those things can be used by kids and adults alike.”

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