Updated: 06/20/2014 4:15 PM
Created: 06/20/2014 2:18 PM KSTP.com
By: Lauren Beukelman
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board dedicated two Youth Development Parks in Minneapolis Friday.
Several former and current Major League baseball players were joined by hundreds of north Minneapolis youth at the dedication ceremony of the new parks which opened last fall, according to a news release.
Eddie Phillips Field was dedicated in Farview Park in honor of the late Minneapolis businessman and philanthropist Eddie Phillips. The Phillips Family Foundation contributed to the construction of the youth athletic field.
A second athletic field was dedicated in North Commons Park which includes a baseball and football field for youth. The Pohlad Family Foundation and the Minnesota Twins assisted in the construction of the Youth Development Parks.
"Today is a great day for the Minneapolis community," president of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Steve Salem said. "Youth now have two new state-of-the-art environments where they can play, grow and learn."
According to the release, both parks were built in high childhood poverty areas in Minneapolis in hopes of improving the well-being and success of children through after-school programs.
"The Park Board appreciates the support the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation and Minnesota Twins have for the community and the park system," District 2 Commissioner for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Joan Anderson said. "Their generous contributions will enhance youth sports for countless kids."