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Bemidji City Council: Carrington Field is on the move

Carrington Field has not been forgotten.

The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously Monday in favor of a $3.8 million renovation of Bemidji City Park - and included an allocation of $350,000 that will go toward the relocation of Carrington Field.

Carrington Field is the No. 2 field for the Bemidji Baseball Association that currently is at City Park, but badly in need of repairs.

The baseball field has been removed from plans for City Park as the space, instead, has been designated for a four-field softball complex, skate park, sand volleyball courts and additional play and picnic areas.

"The Parks and Trails Commission never had the intention of eliminating (Carrington Field)," Bemidji Parks and Recreation Director Marcia Larson said Monday at a council work session. "They've always had the intention of relocating it."

City Councilor Kevin Waldhausen said he could not support a plan for City Park until he received assurances that the field will, in fact, be relocated.

"My main concern is that I don't want to see a net loss of one baseball field in this community," he said.

The Parks and Trails Commission has voted in support of the $350,000 contribution to the BBA for the field relocation.

Current discussions indicate that the field will likely be built on property that is owned by the Bemidji School District.