Larks Park is home to the Hays Larks, a semi pro summer league team and the Fort Hays State University Tiger Baseball team. The facility is owned by the City of Hays but is leased to and operated by the athletic department at Fort Hays State University. The actual stadium has a seating capacity of 1200 but attendance at special “Pack the Park” nights will often bring in around 1800 fans that fill in around the perimeter of the ball field. The infield is Poligras that was installed new in 2003 and the outfield is bluegrass. In 2008, work was done to update the fence, billboard, scoreboard and the bullpens received a facelift. Beneath the stadium are the locker rooms, restrooms, training room and maintenance storage. This area was remodeled in 2010 with a new layout and amenities were added. Although Larks Park is considered a historic venue and is one of the oldest baseball facilities in the state of Kansas, with the recent renovations it can boast as one of the nicest baseball facilities in the region.
The bronze marker at the entrance to Larks Park shows that it was built as part of the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in 1940. The Works Progress Administration began in 1935 (renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939) and was part of the New Deal program that included over 100 new government programs created during President Roosevelt's administration. Other programs like the NYA (National Youth Administration) and the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) also provided employment in public sector jobs, but the WPA was one of the largest public works agencies. Millions of unskilled workers were provided jobs to build roads, public buildings, bridges, schools, park shelters or other park structures such as this baseball stadium. The WPA liquidated on June 30, 1943, due to the economic boom that came about with new jobs being created though the war effort of World War II.
Hays-Forsyth Library & Special Collections Display Meeting Facility
- # of Rooms: 11
- Floorplan: View/Download File
- Large Floorplan: View/Download File
- Description: Meeting space for up to 500 available at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union. Food catered by Chartwell's. Choice of 11 meeting rooms of various sizes.
Meeting Facility Rooms
|Room Name||Dimensions||Ceiling||Sq. Ft.||Theater||Classroom Size||Banquet Capacity||Reception|
|Black and Gold Room||X||12||2080.00||220||100||150|
|Smoky Hill Room||X||9||596.00||14|
|Fort Hays Ballroom||X||14||7490.00||497||200||424||497|