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Tourism awards funds to Frontier Village, Jack Brown Stadium

The Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Advisory Board awarded $27,750 in capital construction and grant funding Thursday for projects at Jack Brown Stadium and Frontier Village.

The Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Advisory Board awarded $27,750 in capital construction and grant funding Thursday for projects at Jack Brown Stadium and Frontier Village.

The committee unanimously approved a $15,000 request to support the $288,819 dugout project at Jack Brown Stadium. The new concrete dugouts have two rows of seating with water and electric hookups and a drainage system to avoid flooding.

"Baseball is a big deal to the community," said Matt Woods, president of Jamestown Tourism. "As a hotel manager I know it is a big deal for Jamestown to be hosting regional tournaments and I would like to see them come back every year."

With the $15,000 approved from Jamestown Tourism there is around $1,800 left to raise, said Jeff Gould, who was present with Grant Geiszler, former Jamestown residents who are now engineers with Microsoft in Fargo. The two were present to speak to the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Foundation request.

Gould said the dugout work started in October and is due to be completed in April. A June 24 ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned before the American Legion alumni baseball game.

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The dugouts built in 1965 had no electric or water hookups, Gould said. High school and college teams had players on benches outside of the dugouts, which is a safety issue and a factor in losing tournaments, he said.

"The changes may improve the ability to win over profitable tournaments," Gould said. "It will improve the ability of Jamestown to host high school and state baseball tournaments and for the college to continue hosting conference and super regional baseball tournaments."

Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department donated $78,000, according to Gould's report. The University of Jamestown donated $30,000, Jamestown High School donated $15,000, North Dakota Amateur Baseball League donated $5,000 and Jamestown Area Youth Baseball Association donated $3,000.

A total of $141,000 in 174 private donations was collected from individuals in 45 cities and 14 states, he said. These are people who have had some connection to the stadium in the past, he said, including 64 donors from Jamestown.

The committee also unanimously approved a $12,750 request from Frontier Village Association for new shingles on the general store building. The funding includes the remaining $7,500 in the capital construction fund, and $5,250 from the grant funds.

An additional request of $14,450 to reshingle the depot building's roof was tabled until the committee receives more information on the condition of the entire depot.

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