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Recreation Park (Visalia)

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Recreation Ballpark
Rec Park
Location 300 North Giddings Street
Visalia, CA 93291
Broke ground 1946
Opened April 1946
Renovated 1967, 2002, 2009
Owner City of Visalia
Operator Visalia Rawhide Baseball Club
Surface Grass
Construction cost $50,000
($596,000 in 2012)
$11.6 million (renovations)
Architect Fehlman & LeBarre (renovations)
Visalia Rawhide (2009-present)
2,468 (1,888 permanent stadium seats)
Left Field - 320 ft
Left-Center Power Alley - 365 ft
Center Field - 405 ft
Right-Center Power Alley - 365 ft
Right Field - 320 ft
Backstop - 50 ft

Recreation Ballpark is a minor league baseball park in Visalia, California. With only 1,888 seats (2,468 capacity with 'pasture' grass lawn), it is the smallest MLB affiliated ballpark in the United States. The ballpark underwent its most extensive renovation in 2003 since its construction in 1946. The renovation was completed in 2009 and included an expanded seating on the third base side and an all new grandstand. The ballpark currently serves as the home to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League. The Rawhide is a Advanced-A minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The City of Visalia completed the multimillion dollar renovation and expansion of Recreation Ballpark supported by a ten-year lease with the ballclub, the longest lease in franchise history, in 2009.[1]


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