Johnson Mueller Athletic Complex Master Plan

Johnson Mueller Athletic Complex Master Plan

New Ulm, MN

Looking towards the future, the city of New Ulm asked ISG to generate a master plan for their historic athletic complex that included Johnson Park, Johnson Field, Mueller Park, and a Miracle and Junior League baseball field. Located in the heart of downtown, these athletic facilities had experienced much use and needed updates to better accommodate community events.

Community input was a key part of developing the athletic complex’s master plan. Three separate public meetings were coordinated keep citizens engaged and active throughout the four-month process. This would ensure that the completed recommendations would accurately meet the needs and vision of New Ulm residents. The first meeting, as well as a preliminary site visit, took inventory on current facility usage, present concerns, and overall environment to identify key points of improvement that would be integrated into later concept designs. The second meeting adopted an open house format that presented two possible concept plans of changes to the community.  Based on this feedback, ISG developed an initial master plan that was reviewed in the third meeting with city officials and later finalized.

The master plan recommendations considered accessibility and quality as two crucial values to New Ulm citizens. Current amenities needed to be accessible to all local residents, whether an athlete or spectator. To increase accessibility, recommendations included making walkways meet American Disability Act (ADA) standards. There was also the request for expanding the Johnson Park and Field Grandstand to offer a singular location for locker rooms, concessions, restrooms, and storage that could be used by any athletic team. The Johnson and Miracle Field were also advocated for updating to a synthetic turf, which would increase the number of sports that could use the fields. Facility aesthetics were another point of enhancement to improve overall quality and appearance. Choosing specific plant, banner, signage, and pavement materials would deliver a unified message and branding across the complex. There was also the desire to build an additional amenity to celebrate the history of New Ulm athletics, such as a Hall of Fame Museum or Commemorative Wall.

The combination of community engagement and thoughtful decision making produced a master plan that reflected citizen concerns and interests. With the help of ISG, New Ulm has a clear vision of how the Johnson Mueller Athletic Complex can best serve and nurture their local community.

Sports and Recreation

  • Cherokee Aquatic Center

  • Clarion Aquatic Center

  • East Leach Park Skateboard Park

  • Fallenstein Field – The Miracle League of North Mankato

  • Faribault High School Fielitz Fitness Center

  • Faribault High School Pool

  • Faribault Ice Arena

  • Faribault Soccer Complex

  • Farmington Synthetic Field

  • Forest City Athletic Facilities

  • Franklin Rogers Park

  • Kasson-Mantorville Field

  • Mankato Community Fields

  • Private: Mankato Family YMCA

  • Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Athletic Facility Master Plan

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Game Room

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Recreation & Athletic Field

  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) School District

  • Riverfront Park

  • Storm Lake Trail