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Building backyard dreams

Garrett Short
Updated: June 06, 2020 11:24 AM
Created: June 05, 2020 03:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) - With baseball and softball seasons delayed or canceled, a neighborhood in Red Wing has gotten creative to give their children a chance to make summertime memories that will last a lifetime.

Chris Guetzlaff and his neighbors decided to amp up his backyard this summer. With all of the free time the COVID-19 crisis had created, they decided to create a wiffle ball field called "The Porch."

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"Some of the neighborhood parents and dads and families got together around a campfire and just said, 'hey, what about if we do a scoreboard, add some foul poles.' We have a lot of other ideas, and we kind of all come together. It was kind of a neighborhood effort," Guetzlaff said.

The parents say this field was a childhood dream of theirs, and bringing that dream to life for their children is a special opportunity.

"If I grew up like this with a field next door, I would've died for that. We played it all the time as kids so it's nice to have something here for them, they're going to remember this forever," Kevin Rippentrop said.

The children can be seen on the field at all hours of the day, taking back a piece of summer the virus tried to take from them.

"I kind of live up the neighborhood but it's fun just to bike down here every day after school and hang out with my cousins and just play wiffle ball," Tate Hartmann said.

The construction at "The Porch" isn't done. They plan on adding a light to make games after dark easier.


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