Jefferson Park

Location:

950 Menk Drive

Acres:

13.0 Acres
Features: 
Batting Cage
Benches
Concession
Drinking Fountain(s)
Parking Lot
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Table(s)
Playground
Restroom Stalls Ladies/Mens
Softball Field Regulation w/ Lights
Softball Field Regulation w/o Lights

Organized Sports Theme - Four regulation softball diamonds:

  • Field One: 285 feet from home plate to centerfield outfield fence, Scoreboard, Lights
  • Field Two: 275 feet from home plate outfield fence, No lights
  • Field Three: 275 feet from home plate outfield fence, No lights
  • Field Four: 275 feet from home plate outfield fence, Lights
    N44.31519 W093.978

 

History

Jefferson Park is located on the east side of Nicollet Avenue and is a 13-acre complex of four ballfields.  The ballfields were developed from farmland by the school district in April 1975, and transferred to the city as a park in 1989. The parks are named, of course, for President Thomas Jefferson, and the avenue that used to be its main entrance.

The east-side park is a popular warm-season venue for softball leagues and tournaments. A concession stand and restroom complex serves users of the fields for games and tournaments. A shaded tot lot, protected from errant balls by a net, is provided to occupy kids while their parents watch or play sports. Two of the four diamonds have lighting for night games. The Adult Softball and Girls’ Softball Associations, Jaycees, and DNR have contributed time, money, work, and spirit to the development of these excellent facilities.