Teams unite to rebuild vandalized Field of Dreams

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The Field of Dreams has been an iconic destination for people in our community and around the world for decades. 

That’s why when it was vandalized in January, people from across the Hawkeye State stepped up to help.

Police said Austin Pape, 20, drove his truck through the field, damaging the sod, pitcher’s mound and possibly the sprinkler system.

Current owner Denise Stillman said she was devastated when she heard the news.

However, as word spread, people started offering to help put the iconic field back together again.

Stillman set-up a GoFundMe page and within days they reached their goal of $20,000.

On Monday, several Iowa based minor league teams began working on the damaged field. That included employees from the Quad Cities River Bandits, Clinton LumberKings, Cedar Rapids Kernels and Iowa Cubs.

“We saw there was some damage on the field and we reached out and said, when the time comes, let us know what you need and we’ll be there” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser.

So despite the snow and the cold temperatures, volunteers got to work repairing the pitcher’s mound as well as digging up and replacing the old sod.

Stillman feels so thankful for the support she’s received from the community and people across the globe.

She knows there is something extra special about the old cornfield in Dyersville and she wants to keep it that way.

“I can come out on any given day and people come and hug me and say thank you for keeping this place so beautiful, it meant so much to my dad,” Stillman said, “He came here a week before he died.”
 

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