MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A Mandan ballpark built in the 1950s is to get a $2.5 million makeover this summer.

Parks and Recreation Director Cole Higlin tells The Bismarck Tribune that Veterans Memorial Ballpark has outlived its life expectancy and needs various improvements.

The renovation project will include 500 additional seats and upgrades to the grandstand wings, dugout, canopy and press box. Synthetic turf will be added if funding allows.

Officials so far have raised $1.5 million of the cost. The project is to be bid in April, with construction beginning in July and wrapping up by next spring.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com