July 9, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is considering renaming a Pearl Park Field #1 to Harmon Killebrew Field, in honor of the legendary Minnesota Twins slugger.
The Park Board got a $225,000 youth sports grant to renovate the ball field. The money came from the Hennepin County sales tax that also funds the construction bonds on Target Field.
Park Board Commissioner Bob Fine has been working to get the name changed, according to a Park Board resolution, but the Park Board has a two-year policy for facility name changes. On Wednesday, the Park Board’s Planning Committee will vote on suspending that waiting period in order to change the name sooner.
Pearl Park’s new field will re-open late this month. The field is just north of Diamond Lake in South Minneapolis.
Killebrew died in May 2011 after a battle with cancer.