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Field of Dreams
: Field of Dreams under siege from developer
Field of Dreams under siege from developer
4 years ago
(June 26, 2014 02:03 AM)
Member since May 2004
Although it's rarely known outside the immediate area surrounding Dyersville Iowa, site of the actual Field of Dreams, there is in fact a developer who has purchased the entire field from Don Lansing and has plans to build a youth baseball training facility with an additional 24 baseball diamonds, parking lot and other amenities just beyond the immediate corn surrounding the original FoD--in fact, dwarfing it.
If you'd like to see phase one plans for it, check out the diagram:
Fortunately, local farmers have taken the plans to court and forced an injunction for the time being, citing that the town representatives that voted in favor of this plan illegally re-zoned agricultural land for commercial use:
The representatives that voted for it apparently have been voted out of office after a local election by the citizens of Dyersville to boot.
I have to say it's astoundingly ironic for this training camp to even exist:
the film--and the field itself in reality--stand as a monument to the purity of the game itself, not tainted by corporations or developers or bigwigs who look only to profit from the fun of the national pastime.
I keep thinking it has to be a prank--but no, it's real, and it might actually happen.
However, you can contact the developer directly by phone or email--information here:
If you love the movie, or even just the site itself, let them know this is wrong, and a great disservice to everything Field of Dreams. Stop the development. It's important that people outside of the area let them know what they're doing is wrong, and won't support a conglomerate of baseball diamonds tainting just over the shoulder of one of the most serene, beautiful and momentous sports landmarks in film ever.