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Ash Park Renovation

Cornell College, Mount Vernon Community School District approve upgrades to Ash Park Baseball Field. Work set to begin in August 2014.




MOUNT VERNON – Cornell College finished the first phase of the Ash Park renovation project in July, 2013, with the installation of ProGrass on the football playing surface at historic Ash Park Stadium.

Cornell will christen the new turf on Sept. 7 when the Rams take on Midwest Conference foe Lawrence in the season opener in Mount Vernon. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

"The college is grateful for the gifts and contributions from a number of alumni, parents and friends of the college that made this important project possible," Cornell Director of Athletics John Cochrane said. "Synthetic turf will positively impact our entire athletic program by providing a surface that will not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of Ash Park, but also improve our ability to attract excellent student-athletes to our campus."

The switch from natural grass to synthetic turf provides an all-weather field that can be utilized daily by all of Cornell's athletic teams, club sports, intramurals and other student-based activities in the Mount Vernon community. The new surface also allows the football team to conduct daily practices on the game field. In the past, football practiced in the baseball outfield which caused significant damage to that field."

Ash Park, a triangle of land on campus between Main Street and the railroad, has been home to Cornell football for more than 120 years. In 1891, the college purchased 20 acres from the estate of Rueben Ash and built – in Ash Park – the present football field. During that year, Cornell beat Coe, 82-0, in the inaugural game between the oldest college football rivals west of the Mississippi River.

"While we are pleased to reach this point, we still have much to accomplish," Cochrane said. "Fundraising will continue toward additional enhancement of Ash Park facilities, including the baseball field and football stadium."

Future improvements to Ash Park include renovation of the baseball field, installment of lights on the football field and enhancements to the football grandstands, press box and concessions.

President Jonathan Brand said the new surface will go a long way toward making Cornell's athletic facilities even more attractive and useful.

"Ultimately, we seek athletic spaces that positively impact the student-athlete experience and our recruitment efforts, and also make our students and alumni proud," he said.

Check out the complete three-phase Ash Park Renovation Plan.