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Ribbon cutting recognizes significant improvements made to Ragsdale Field

Farmington Superintendent Dr. Kyle Gibbs cuts the ribbon at a ceremony held Aug. 29 in recognition of the official reopening of Ragsdale Field in Engler Park after the completion of a number of improvements made to the field and stands. The renovation was a joint project between the City of Farmington and the Farmington R-7 School District. Photo by Kevin R. Jenkins

Kevin R. Jenkins,

Farmington Superintendent Dr. Kyle Gibbs manned the scissors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Aug. 29, officially reopening Ragsdale Field in Engler Park.

As he cut the ribbon, Gibbs was surrounded by members of the school district’s board of education, Athletic Director Chad Mills, as well as several members of the coaching staff and softball team members. Representing the city at the ceremony was Development Services Director Tim Porter.

The event was held to recognize the completion of significant renovations made to the field that included the installation of an artificial turf playing surface, new field dimensions, a portable pitching mount, new backstop netting, a three-foot-high padded backstop wall, 6-foot-high plastic-coated chain-link fencing, two sets of baseball distances, and fully turfed bullpen pitching mounds.

A joint project between the City of Farmington and the Farmington R-7 School District, the ceremony took place immediately prior to a game in which the Farmington Knights softball team faced off against the Festus Tigers.

A grand reopening of the field by the Farmington Parks and Recreation Department had been planned for July 4th but was canceled due to heavy rains that moved through the area.

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