Do you have information on softball park that was at 24th and Broadway?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 28, 2018 12:01 am

Back in the 1940s there was a softball park on the northeast corner of 24th and Broadway. Do you have any information as to its usage and when it started and closed?

The softball park was at the northeast corner of 24th and Broadway.

Owned by Quincy businessman George Durst, the Quincy YMCA leased the Y softball park, also known as Durst Park, from 1936 to 1954. Durst was the founder of Durst Dairies, which was eventually sold to Prairie Farms in November 1967.

A Nov. 8, 1954, article in The Herald-Whig said the lease for the park was not renewed for 1955 by Durst, who planned to use the space for parking facilities, with "tentative plans to move a part of his dairy-restaurant business into a new building on the site sometime in the future."

The article noted that three leagues used the park, with games played each night during the week throughout the summer. Crowds of up to 1,500 were said to have attended.

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