BURNSVILLE, Minnesota, (July 10, 2014) – PCL Construction joined the Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball, Neighborhood House, and the City of Saint Paul to celebrate the official grand opening of the newly renovated El Rio Vista ballpark. The ballpark will be renamed in honor of long-time community leader Gilbert De La O and will provide an enhanced playing field for kids on the city’s west side. The project is part of a coordinated effort as the Major League All-Star game comes to Minnesota.
"This is about more than just baseball," said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. "It's about creating opportunities for children and making our community a great place. Baseball is special to all of us in this region – and this investment enables us to serve thousands of kids a year, engaging them in positive activities and teamwork.”
“PCL has been a proud supporter of Neighborhood House and the community,” said Mike Headrick, district manager for PCL Construction in Minnesota. “We are proud to be part of the team that turned what was a tired field into a brand new place for the community to celebrate baseball for years to come.”
El Rio Vista field is located adjacent to the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center at 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, which is also headquarters for Neighborhood House. As a result of the renovation project, the city’s west Side will now have a premium youth baseball field – complete with a new scoreboard, fencing, irrigation, and dugouts.
Renovating the field was originally the idea of former Neighborhood House President Armando Camacho, who recognized the need to improve the youth ball fields immediately adjacent to the facility. Armando grew up playing on the field and saw firsthand how important youth sports programs are to the mission of Neighborhood House.
The City of St. Paul, PCL Construction, and several subcontractors participated on an in-kind basis. PCL donated the coordination of construction planning and physical labor. They worked with Studio Five Architects (Linda McCracken-Hunt) to develop the field concept. The City of Saint Paul will maintain the new facility.
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