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Athletic Field & Surface Design to Support Your Athletes — We Know Sports
There’s nothing like playing on your home court in front of your own fans. Home field advantage is something all teams thrive on. The fields and surfaces we play on have a direct impact on our performance. Proper material selections, drainage systems, and sport-specific sub-grades all play a vital role in the overall quality of an athletic surface. Turf replacement, tennis courts, new grandstands – we’ve done it all. Our architects and engineers will make sure your project is as tough and durable as the athletes it hosts.
Featured Stories of How We Help Our Clients
Tink Larson Community Field Breathes Second Life with Widseth Redesign
In this video, architect Dana Hlebichuk describes the design process, public involvement, and his favorite aspects of the new Tink Larson Community Field. After a fire destroyed the historic grandstand in the spring of 2016, the City of Waseca chose Widseth Smith Nolting to lead the redesign effort. A strong emphasis was made on opening the stadium up to the community. The project includes seating for 200 spectators, open sight lines to the field, and street level access to the new press box, welcome plaza, and concession stand.
Minnewaska Area High School Baseball Stadium Wins Tink Larson Field of the Year Award
Widseth’s engineers and architects worked with the Minnewaska Baseball Association, the school board, and community members to design a stadium that addressed the wants and needs of many different community groups. Widseth compiled ideas, suggestions, and gathered input from baseball association members to design a facility that would be functional, within budget and enjoyable for all to use.
“The partnership with Widseth was tremendous. Jeff Kuhn is a baseball guy too, so he and I connected right away. Kent Rohr is another guy I spent a lot of time talking to. They were phenomenal. It was easy to work with them and I felt like they truly cared about our project. I’d do a project with you guys again anytime.”
— Brian Gruber, Head Baseball Coach, Minnewaska Area High School
450-foot Boardwalk Provides Access to Milford Mine Memorial Park
Milford Mine Memorial Park honors the 41 miners who lost their lives in Minnesota’s worst mining disaster. With only 15 minutes of work left on February 5, 1924, a shaft collapsed allowing water and mud to rush in and quickly fill the 200-foot-deep mine. Only seven miners managed to escape to the surface. Widseth worked closely with Crow Wing County Natural Resource Manager Bryan Pike to make the park a reality. Widseth designed a 450-foot boardwalk to allow visitors to cross Milford Lake and reach the area where the shaft house was located.
“Widseth designed the park based on how I wanted it to look. They developed plans that even I could understand and read. The people that come out here have been pleased with the end result.”
— Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Natural Resource Manager
Widseth Helps Brainerd Solve Water Issues at Lower Site Sports Complex
Adjacent to the Mississippi River, Brainerd’s high school athletic complex sits significantly lower than the surrounding topography, accumulating stormwater and taking a beating from student and community use. Upgrades to the football field, tennis courts, track, and a portion of the bleachers have increased student athlete safety, improved accessibility, and created a durable multi-sport surface. The enlarged and enhanced wetland has significantly improved stormwater management. The athletic complex is a cornerstone of student and community pride.