Former Field of Dreams Owners Worry About Proposed Plans

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

The Field of Dreams Moive Site near Dyersville is for sale by owners Don and Becky Lansing. Shot on August 24, 2010. (Cliff Jette/Sourcemedia Group News)

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DYERSVILLE, Iowa — The new owners of the land made famous as the “Field Of Dreams” want to build a 24 field baseball and softball complex in the cornfields near the movie site. It’s expected to draw 1,500 families to the complex each week during the summers. A Dyersville family is upset by the proposed sports complex that could end up being built next to their property.

For decades two different families owned the Field of Dreams. The Ameskamp family owned Left and Center Field. The Lansing family owned the rest. In 2007, the Ameskamps sold their part to the Lansing family.

The Ameskamps still live nearby and are concerned with the plans to redevelop the land. Wayne Ameskamp never dreamed anyone would want build a 24 field sports complex on the property. When asked if he wishes he wouldn’t sold the property, Wayne responds, “ ... the fact that this has come through, yes in a way. But, my mother owned it and she’s 73 now and she wanted to get out.”

The details of the pending sale from the Lansings to the new developers are not being disclosed, the reported asking price was $5.4 million. Wayne Ameskamp said his issue has nothing to do with money and everything to do with a creek. It runs along the field and through nearby properties. “By taking the field out of the agricultural and putting in these baseball diamonds in it. I feel the water is going to run off the creek faster then it did when it had hay and corn in it,” Ameskamp said.

The Ameskamps are not the only neighbors worried about changes at the field. Some of the other neighbors have stated that they too are worried about traffic, lights and flooding.

Developers Mike and Denise Stillman said they will address concerns with neighbors.

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