After more than six years it was finally time to open the new baseball diamonds at William McCulloch Park! It was an absolute pleasure to have been present today for the grand opening with members of the West Mountain Baseball Association.
The opening of this incredible facility is the culmination of years of hard work and efforts by the volunteers with the West Mountain Baseball Association, City staff, as well as my office. This facility hosts four rookie level baseball diamonds as well as a peewee and bantam level baseball diamond.
Work began on this facility after the school board declared Seneca School to be surplus. The school, which was to be sold and converted to housing played host to numerous baseball diamonds that were used by the community and were now going to be lost.
I worked with the local community and City staff to try and come up with a way to get the baseball diamonds relocated into William McCulloch park. Back in the summer of ’09 I moved the motion that got the ball rolling.
The 15.5 acre community park also boasts a new relocated splashpad, a children’s play structure as well as parking for 72 cars.
Recognizing the West Mountain Baseball Association
None of this would have been possible without the wonderful work done by the members of the West Mountain Baseball Association. These volunteers go above and beyond to provide the children of this neighbourhood and beyond with a safe and fun team environment to play and learn.
It was an hounour to be able to recognize a few of them. I was honoured to present a certificate of appreciation to the family of Gene Bartolozzi. Gene was the long time president of the baseball association and worked tirelessly for the children and their families for years to allow them to enjoy learning about teamwork and fair play through baseball.
We also recognized long time treasurer Margot Patton (who was not able to attend the opening) and current president Guido Kelly.
Some of the local players helped in the ribbon cutting.
For more information on playing baseball in the new William McCulloch park you may contact the great people at the West Mountain Baseball Association.