Summer Camp part of plans for ‘Field of Dreams’ movie site


A summer camp is part of the ambitious plans a couple have to transform the site of the field the ghosts of dead baseball players visited in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams into a sprawling youth sports complex near Dyersville, Iowa.

“We’re going to do things like build a summer camp where kids from the inner city can come to Iowa and learn about how to be a great human being through sports,” Denise Stillman, of All-Star Ballpark Heaven, told CBS Chicago‘s Rob Elgas in a recent interview.

Stillman and her husband, Mark, reportedly closed on the purchase of the 200-acre parcel last week and plan to follow the “if you build it they will come” advice from the movie by building a youth sports complex with 24 baseball diamonds and 60 clubhouses.

The property had been owned outright by the Lansing family, which opened the site to the public and operated a souvenir stand, since 2007. Prior to that, the field was partially owned by neighboring property owners the Amerskamp family, who ran their own separate souvenir stand.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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