Viroqua has a long history of celebrating America’s pasttime in The Park Bowl. Our beloved Park Bowl has been home to the Viroqua High School baseball team since the 1920’s, and our Legion baseball team, the 138er’s, has been playing on the field since its inception in 1975.
The cement bleachers are a 1930’s era WPA project and have been a distinct landmark in Viroqua for generations. After nearly 100 years of service, they are showing their age and have become a significant safety hazard. Our city council recently voted to replace the concrete bleachers with an approximate reproduction for the 21st century.
The new bleacher design replicates the original WPA project, keeping the city’s baseball legacy and the distinctive historical nature of the Park Bowl intact. The design includes a black granite facade, which will feature an illustrated history of Viroqua baseball in The Park Bowl and a listing of community sponsors of the project.
The City of Viroqua is providing a major portion of the project’s cost, which includes a refurbished concession stand with a new awning and a padded cement backstop behind home plate.
The Parks and Recreation Department is raising funds to offset the total cost of The Park Bowl improvements.
We are asking our baseball fans and families, and community businesses, for sponsorship in exchange for recognition on the granite history and donor wall.
Thank you for considering a donation to keep the Park Bowl bleachers the best place around to watch a baseball game for another 100 years!