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Engineering firm Bartlett & West will draft a south-side master plan for the Mandan Park District after the park board awarded the $25,000 contract Monday.

Part of the master plan will involve creating an underground stormwater drainage plan for Mandan Memorial Ballpark and the surrounding area, including the softball complex.

The park district is looking to coordinate its underground drainage system with the city's public works expansion project and to complement the stormwater drainage being developed for the ballfields planned at what is now Lefty Faris Track and Field.

"We're trying to get a long-term vision of what we would like to see at the south-side property," including the south-side tennis courts, baseball and softball facilities as well as park maintenance, said Cole Higlin, parks and recreation director. "There could potentially be some fields rearranging, expansion of the park shop, underground utilities. We want to make sure it's just well-planned and thought out for the long term."

He said the goal is to complete the master plan by May 1 so it ties in with the renovations of Faris Field.

Higlin expects that demolition of Faris Field won't begin until football season ends in 2017. It is being replaced by a track and field at the Starion Sports Complex.

(Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or [email protected])

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