New baseball park is dedicated last week in Wellington.


    A 1989 movie called the "Field of Dreams," had the catchphrase "If you build it, he will come."

    A new baseball park in Wellington at Ninth Street has been built.

    And last week the high school players, parents, and members of Stallbaumer family came.

    The new Ninth Street Ball Park was officially dedicated with a brief ceremony at Wellington's newest athletic complex Tuesday evening, north of Sellers Park.

    The field was dedicated in tribute of John Stallbaumer, a young man who died of cancer in the early part of the decade. Stallbaumer was a former baseball player and sports enthusiast. His memorial contributions went to the building of the facility.

    The facility includes a new baseball field, bricked dugouts, chain link fences, bleachers, a state-of-the-art batting cage, storage shed, scoreboard, sprinkling system, and parking lot.

    "This project is bigger than one person or organization," said Alan Cambell, a Wellington citizen, who made the dedication speech. "This was a community effort of many people working for a common cause."

    The three year project cost over $100,000 with the school district kicking in $65,000 and the Wellington Recreation Commission adding $10,000 this year. The rest was raised through private donations.

    The project has taken about three-years to complete, with most of it constructed through volunteer help. The field was originally an open lot used for various football and baseball practices.

    The new facility will host several high school junior varsity baseball games, summer tournaments, Babe Ruth games, and practices. It is the only 90-foot baseball field outside Hibbs-Hooten Field at Sellers Park in Wellington.

    The field was recently named Kansas Chapter of American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award in 2008.

    "I hope you appreciate this moment, because soon, sooner than you may think, you will be watching your kids play baseball here," Campbell told the high school baseball team who was in attendance. "So take ownership in this ballpark, because it will be part of you for a very long time."