There are few ballparks that are as beloved as the Chaska Athletic Field, home to the Chaska Cubs baseball team. The field, built in 1950, was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places 10 years ago. No other ballpark in Minnesota has that honor.
In 2009, the ballpark was considered as a potential location for the new TH 41 Minnesota River Crossing Bridge. In response, concerned citizens reached out to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM). By May 2009, the park had been added to PAM’s list of the 10 most endangered properties in the State of Minnesota.
Because the park has historic value and a federal agency (the U.S. Department of Transportation) is involved in the process, Section 106 was initiated. After the process initiates, historic properties are identified and assessed for adverse effects. With this information in hand, decisions can be made that will resolve and/or diminish the impact to the property.
In the case of the ballpark, a number of options have been brought to the table. As of this writing, the final location for the bridge has not been determined, and construction is not set to begin until closer to 2030.