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  • Happily Retired
    January 03, 2013 - 10:32

    I had to chuckle at this article. It looks like the writer swallowed some political propaganda hook, line, and sinker. Maybe you'd like to check with some older volunteers in the minor system about the lack of support shown to minor baseball, as I'm sure the existing ones wouldn't want to vex city council. Minor baseball is indeed growing in the city, but no thanks to our elected representatives. There has been a shortage of facilities for minor baseball for some time now, and the city has given minor baseball an extremely low priority when compared to other sports. In fact, the only reason council is entertaining a new park at St. Pat's is because they are tearing down a perfectly serviceable lighted field at Wedgewood Park which minor baseball has been using. Why? Because they're going to build a $40 million swimming pool which will be under-utilized to replace the under-utilized swimming pool which already exists, all the while increasing our taxes. By the way, the new park at St. Pats will be smaller than the Wedgewood Park field, so only younger children will be able to play on it. I'm sure the new lights at Airport Heights will make people living in the west end extremely happy. So where is the big boost?

  • Doug
    January 03, 2013 - 10:32

    Should the city really be spending more than a million dollars on a facility that is used by 70-80 people a few nights a week for three months out of the year? The national tournament lasts little more than one weekend, hardly cause for doing a complete overhaul of St. Pat's on the taxpayer's dime. If the baseball crowd wants to upgrade their facilities, let them follow what the rugby people did on Crosbie Road and raise the money themselves.

    • JACK
      January 05, 2013 - 14:49

      Doug, just to give you the real numbers. Baseball is played at St Pats 7 nights a week. 6 senior baseball teams , 6 intermediate teams. Minor Baseball has 8. So that's around 200 to 300. The field is long over due to get work done on it. It promotes activity and a healthy lifestyle. As a tax payer I have no problem spending money on this, Its just not the city that will be putting money into this project.