The City of Mankato worked with the SMILES Center for Independent Living on recent renovations to the Franklin Rogers Park ballfield to go above and beyond when it comes to access for all.

This week they installed aisle handrails in the grandstand, and they’ve also added accessible picnic tables, ramps, and designated wheelchair access in the ballfield viewing area. City officials say work to improve bleacher accessibility is in progress.

Staff are assessing other possible improvements, which include designated wheelchair viewing areas, reserved seating area accessibility, increasing existing accessibility on the upper viewing area, and making a ramp available to upper seating levels.

Franklin Rogers Park is home to Mankato MoonDogs, Bethany Lutheran College, Loyola High School and Mankato Area Public Schools West High School.

More than 200 games are played seasonally, entertaining more than 40,000 fans.

Renovations cost about $4 million and were financed through sales tax and ballfield tenants.