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Hutch Rec hosts competitive sports tournaments and events each year at Fun Valley Sports Complex, Hobart-Detter Field, and several other facilities throughout Hutchinson and Reno County.
Fun Valley Sports Complex features seven natural turf fields across 35 acres. The complex includes a large concession area, a pro shop, two sand volleyball courts, children’s playground equipment, an upper deck mezzanine, and an air-conditioned sports bar. In 2020, the restrooms were completely remodeled and new bleachers were installed in Fields 1-4, providing flexible seating for fans and families.
Fun Valley is the home field for Hutchinson Community College fastpitch, Hutchinson High School Salthawks, and also hosts several local, regional, and state tournaments throughout the season.
History & Fun Facts
Built in 1980 by Larry Brown, owner of L & B Oil, this state-of-the-art complex and grandstands is home to seven multi-use ball fields and two sand volleyball courts. All seven fields have 300-foot fences and skinned infields. Along with the fields, there are concessions stands, restrooms, gift shop, and an upper deck balcony area that looks out to Fields 1-4. Hutch Rec took over Fun Valley operations in 2015.
- Opened for play Memorial Day weekend of 1980.
- In 1983 the City of Hutchinson purchased the complex.
- In 1989 clubhouse, observation decks, sand volleyball courts, playground, and an office complex were added.
- In 1989 Fun Valley was named Sportsplex Operators and Directors Association Complex of the year by USSSA.
- In 1993 USSSA Fun Valley was awarded Softball Complex of the year.
- In 1995 two additional fields were lighted.
- In 2015 Hutch Rec took over operations of Fun Valley.
Facility Fun Facts:
- For the grand opening in 1980, a real live horse was raffled off.
- Jim Stafford, Barbara Mandrel, and the Oak Ridge Boys all famous celebrities in the 80’s made guest appearances.
- Fun Valley has hosted 40 USSSA World Tournaments, 14 USSSA Divisional Tournaments, and multiple state tournaments.
- Fun Valley has hosted 11 National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournaments for Women’s Fast Pitch and NAIA tournaments.
Hobart-Detter Field is a natural turf field ideal for athletes, young and old. The infield and turf were replaced in 2015, and the concessions area will be replaced in 2021. Hobart-Detter is the home field for the Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons, Hutchinson High School Salthawks, Hutchinson Monarchs, and has also been a host site for the National Baseball Congress World Series and summer showcase baseball tournaments.
The historic field seats 500-600 fans and includes restrooms, concessions area, flexible fan seating area, and locker rooms.
History & Fun Facts
Hobart-Detter Field, located in Carey Park, boasts as one of the most historic baseball fields in the Midwest. Major League legends Mickey Mantle, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds all have played at Hobart-Detter Field early in their pre-Major League careers. The Field currently hosts the Hutchinson Monarchs, Hutchinson Community College, and Hutchinson High school teams. It also has hosted USSSA wood bat and high school state tournaments and KCAC Conference championships.
Hobart – Detter Field located in Carey Park in Hutchinson KS. It is one of the most historic ballparks in the Midwest. In fact, the name Hobart-Detter is actually the third rename of this historic park. In 1948 the city manager called for a new park to be built Carey Park hence Carey Park Ball diamond was born. On May 15, 1962, a resolution was read to the city commission by commissioner Hod Humiston requesting that the Carey Park diamond be named in honor of W.M. “Bud” Detter. “Bud” Detter, a lifelong Reno County resident. Bud served as the first to do radio broadcasts of sporting events in Hutchinson. Through the 1960’s the American Legion contracted with the city to lease and operate Bud Detter Field. On November 24, 1970, the beginning of another glorious chapter in Hutchinson baseball history began when the city commission voted 4-1 to transfer the lease of Bud Detter Field to Hutchinson Baseball Enterprises and its president, local businessman, Nelson Hobart.
Nelson Hobart in 1980, did a major Bud Detter facelift. New steel light towers replaced the wooden poles, restrooms, dressing rooms, and concessions were remodeled, 90 feet of new bleachers were added along with a spacious press box and a new scoreboard. In 1985, Nelson Hobart gave up his Hutchinson Broncs affiliation and his lease of Bud Detter Field. In 1990 the field was renovated again. On February 5, 1991, the Hutchinson city commission voted to rename Bud Detter Field to Hobart-Detter Field.
In 2015, Hutch Rec took over operations of Hobart-Detter Field.
Facility Fun Facts:
- Hobart-Detter is the home field for Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson High School, and the Hutchinson Monarchs summer league baseball team.
- Hosts USSSA Next Level Showcase, Kansas Wood Bat and high school State Tournaments.
- Hosts KCAC conference championships
- Mickey Mantle, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds have all played at Hobart- Detter.
Stremel Fields are located in Carey Park. There are two fully fenced and lighted fields with fenced-in dugouts and warning tracks. Length of fields allow for adult softball and older youth baseball. A small playground is located in between the two fields and the restrooms are a short walk from the fields.
Rice Park has three fields, which include one high school baseball field and two baseball/fastpitch fields. All three fields are lighted and fully fenced, along with fenced in dugouts and complete with warning tracks. A playground is located next to the high school baseball field. The restrooms and concession stand are conveniently located in the middle of all three fields.
McQueen Fields are located in Carey Park and include three fully lighted fields and are completely fenced in with dugouts. These fields are smaller in size and are ideal for younger baseball and fastpitch teams. Restrooms are located right off the parking lot in the middle of the complex.
Cub Square Fields
Cub Square Fields, in Martin Johnson Park, is a four-field complex primarily used for youth baseball and softball practices. The complex parameter is fenced in along with fenced backstops. A large grass area is between the four fields, which also allows for football and soccer practices.