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City Receives Generous Donation to Repair Vandalized Fields

Post Date:04/15/2019 8:10 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2019

For Immediate Release

City Receives Generous Donation to Repair Vandalized Fields

Hastings, MN: 

On Monday, April 15, 2019, the Hastings City Council accepted a donation of approximately $100,000 from Ms. Caroline Amplatz, to fully fund work needed to repair the Vet's Athletic Complex soccer fields that received significant damage due to vandalism. Along with accepting the donation, the City Council designated the funds to be used for repairs, and accepted a repair proposal provided by Precision Landscaping and Construction, Inc. 

The Parks & Recreation Department is working with the contractor to begin repairs as soon as possible, and hopes to allow players back on the fields sometime in May. The exact timeline will depend upon weather and field conditions, however, the goal is to complete the repairs as soon as possible. 

"We are extremely grateful to be the recipient of such a meaningful donation," stated Parks & Rec Director, Chris Jenkins. "The generosity shown by Ms. Amplatz will allow the soccer playing youth of Hastings to return to their home fields this season. This outcome is very fortunate for our city and for the hundreds of players affected by the situation." 

Approximately 200,000 square feet of damage had occurred on athletic turf and other areas of Veterans Athletic Complex on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Hastings Police filed criminal charges against two adult males in connection with the vandalism. 

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For More Information Contact: 

Lee C. Stoffel

Communications Coordinator

O: 651-480-2344

M: 651-304-7627

lstoffel@hastingsmn.gov