Britson Park Receives Two Grants

Roland's park board received grant money from Story County Community Foundation. The money for the community grants is provided primarily by the State of Iowa's County Endowment Fund. The Story County Community Foundation is the state's designated administrator for the Story County funds. The Britson Park received a grant for $6,000 and will be used towards construction costs of a new restroom, concessions and storage building at Britson Park.

Thiesen's Home, Farm and Auto Store in Ames also made a $1,000 contribution to go towards the cost of a new concession stand, restroom and storage facility at Britson Park.

Grant from Alliant Energy Foundation

Roland's new Britson Park has received a $1,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation. The grant request was for the purchase of fence toppers for both the softball and baseball fields at the park.

The fence toppers are corrugated plastic tile that will go on top of the chain link fence. The fence toppers have a dual purpose. The main reason is for safety, as it will protect players from sharp edges on the top of the fence. An added bonus is that it will provide a more comfortable arm rest for fans who may wish to lean on the fence while watching a game.

"This is a nice grant to receive, " said Roland Mayor Roger Fritz. "We really like our new fields, and this a great way to help protect the players who use them. Alliant is our city's electric and natural gas provider, and I'm appreciative that the Alliant Energy Foundation chose to contribute to Britson Park."

The toppers will be installed before the start of the 2014 season. The Britson Park Committee continues to fund raise for the construction of the restroom/storage/concession stand.

Britson Park & Athletic Complex Opening Event

June 13th, 2013 was a celebration for the opening of the Britson Park & Athletic Complex. Both youth softball and baseball games were played starting at 5:30. In between games, dedication of the fields and recognition of the generous donations towards making the park a reality. The Iowa Pork Producers will be grilled pork burgers with all concession proceeds go towards the park.

Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities Grant

The City of Roland, the Roland Park Board, and the Britson Park Committee are pleased to announce the award of a $5,000 grant from the Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities. The grant will be used for the purchase of infield material on two new diamonds at Roland's new Britson Park.

Construction is nearly complete on the two new fields that have 60 foot basepaths. They can host any level of softball, and Little League baseball. The infields are nearly complete and fencing was completed over the winter months. Money is still needed to complete the concession stand/storage shed, parking area, and sidewalks. This grant will allow completion of the grading work on both infields.

"This is really exciting for the City of Roland. This will help us finish the playing surface and get the fields competition ready," said Mayor Roger Fritz. "This is going to be a facility that kids from around Story County are going to be able to take advantage of for many years to come. As our neighbor just down I-35, I'm really glad the Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities chose Roland as one of their beneficiaries."

Primary users of the new fields will be Roland Youth Sports, which participates in a softball league in Story County for girls aged 7-12, and North Story County Little League, which has boys playing from ages 9-12. The first game at the facility, a youth softball game, is scheduled to be played on June 12.

Royals Charities helps fund a program called "Royalty Fields" which contributes grants to new or improved ballfields throughout the Midwest. Zearing, Madrid, Bondurant, and Iowa Falls have also received grants from the Royals in recent years.

Britson Park is a new seven acre park on the west side of Roland. Besides the two fields, there is open area for soccer and football games and practices. The Roland Park Board is also working on purchasing and installing a new playground at the facility.

Minnesota Twins Community Fund Grant

The City of Roland, the Roland Park Board, and the Britson Park Committee are pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. The grant will be used for the construction of fencing on two new diamonds at Roland's new Britson Park.

Construction has begun on the two new fields which will have 60 foot base paths, which can host any level of softball, and Little League baseball. The infields are nearing completion, but money is still needed to complete fencing around the fields, dugouts, and the concession stand/storage shed. The grant will allow completion of the backstop portion of both fields.

"This is really exciting for the City of Roland. We have a good start on the fields, and this is a big help in getting the fields competition ready," said Mayor Roger Fritz. "This is going to be a facility that kids from around Story County are going to be able to take advantage of for many years to come. As Roland's closest Major League Baseball team, I'm really glad the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund chose Roland as one of their beneficiaries."

Primary users of the new fields will be Roland Youth Sports, which participates in a softball league in Story County for girls aged 7-12, and North Story County Little League, which has boys playing from ages 9-12.

The Twins Community Fund is governed by a board of directors representative of the Upper Midwest. Target, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Best Buy, U.S. Bank and Delta Air Lines are Cornerstone Partners; contributing annually to the Twins Community Fund.

Development Plans

The new park will initially have two softball/baseball fields with room for a third field, as well as land for soccer and football, along with playground equipment. The land is on the south side of West Maple Street (County Road E-18) just west of Britson Circle. Image above is looking north from Authur Drive.