Rushville ballpark funding complete
The Rushville community has completed a major financial challenge: raising $100,000 in donations by March 1st to match a $250,000 grant from the Carmen and John Gottschalk Foundation to replace the badly-aging Modisett Ball Park on the west side of Rushville.
John Gottschalk, a Rushville native and the retired publisher of the Omaha World-Herald issued the challenge in December and Mayor Chris Heiser admits the fund drive and overall project were tough undertakings, but they were confident from the beginning they could meet the challenge.
Heiser and Gottschalk were both so confident of the community meeting the $100,000 challenge goal that the bids have already been let for the project.
Heiser is hoping the field will be available for use this summer in the Babe Ruth league, with a possible tournament to kick it off in July.
Built in 1939, and touted for decades as the best ballpark in Western Nebraska, the grandstand-concession building had become an eyesore with structural problems that meant it could no longer be used.
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