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New West Side baseball fields to be dedicated Thursday

Posted by: James Walsh under Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Urban living Updated: July 7, 2014 - 2:55 PM

Youth baseball on the West Side of St. Paul is sure to get a jolt of new energy Thursday when officials and baseball greats gather to dedicate All Star Park at Gilbert de la O Fields at the El Rio Vista Recreation Center. It's all set to begin at 2 p.m.

De la O is a former member of the St. Paul School Board and a longtime champion of the city's West Side.

Expected to attend are: Jim Pohlad, owner of the Twins; former Twins great Tony Oliva; Vera Clemente, widow of baseball great Roberto Clemente and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

The field has been developed with funds from the Minnesota Twins and the project was recently included in a list of community efforts getting a boost from Major League Baseball's All Star Game, to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis.

El Rio Vista is located at 179 Robie St. E. in St. Paul.

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