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Rhinelander gets approval to move forward with softball complex planSubmitted: 06/12/2018
Mark Spillane
Mark Spillane
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mspillane@wjfw.com

Rhinelander gets approval to move forward with softball complex plan
RHINELANDER - People who want a softball complex behind Rhinelander high school recently moved one step closer to getting their wish.

Last week, the School District's Special Projects Committee approved a plan to build that complex.

Two softball fields will be placed near Mike Webster stadium behind the high school.

The Hodags varsity softball team currently practices and plays at Pioneer Park across town.

Rhinelander activities director Brian Paulson said that location will be perfect because it's so close to the new concession stand.

"Making everything in one location around a building that our building trades kids are putting together with our partners in the community. What a great asset to have, just to have one complex here for everybody to come to for Rhinelander athletics," said Paulson.

Paulson said based on funding, construction could start this fall.

After a years of construction, Rhinelander High School will also finally have access to a finished Mike Webster Stadium.

The stadium hosts Rhinelander football and soccer games as well as track meets.

Updates to the field and track have been completed and will be ready for use this fall sports season.

 Paulson said improving the drainage inside the stadium was a big part of the recent construction.

"Stage two of the football and soccer field was to raise the infield. There's been a lot of sand put in and the top soil put back over. We have drainage all around there now," said Paulson.

More construction needs to be finished on the new bathroom and concession stand building near the stadium.

Paulson said Rhinelander will host the boys soccer sectional final this fall.



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