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Improvements planned for Burton Field

Burton Field is mostly wide-open space. The Park Board is reviewing a plan to plant more shade trees and make other improvements to the property. The Park Board is recommending that new playground equipment be added at Burton Field.

The Hudson Park Board last week voted to recommend that the city spend around $50,000 on new playground equipment for Burton Field in old Hudson.

The City Council must approve of the purchase.

The board also reviewed preliminary plans for a major overall of the property, including downsizing to one improved ball field, relocating the skating and hockey rinks, replacing the warming house and restrooms, and planting shade trees.

A number of neighborhood residents attended the June 12 meeting to give their input on the plans and endorse the proposed improvements.

"We've been waiting a long time," said Ellen Denzer McSwain, a resident of Pitt Street. "It's time should be now," she said of the improvements planned for the park property.

Burton Field used to be where Hudson High School played its football games. Located on the south side of St. Croix Street between Ninth and 10th streets, it's now a mostly open site of two youth baseball and softball diamonds, and is used for ice-skating in the winter.

The major improvements to the park aren't to take place this summer, because of the expense.

Another meeting of a neighborhood committee is planned to finalize the proposed improvements.

The Park Board agreed with Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli that five used light poles in the park should be taken down as soon as possible.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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