Jeff Norburn, the Director of Community Services, says they will be asking for 30 thousand dollars each from the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s halls and recreation facilities program from two separate accounts.
He says a new ball field from scratch would cost upwards of 275 thousand dollars but they plan to go another route.
Norburn says they are taking the existing and looking for where improvements are needed in order to accommodate slo-pitch if they were to move up to Barlow Creek.
He says that would allow the city to decommission the ball fields at Albert Johnston park.
Norburn says their proposed work plan would include putting up netting in Ranger Park as there is no room to expand that diamond for slo-pitch.
He says they would also replace the dugouts for all three fields and build new backstops and infields for the two back fields.
The cost in year one would be just under 145 thousand dollars and that would be followed by more work in year two worth approximately 147 thousand dollars.
Norburn says they hope to find other funding sources to complement the NDI funding should they get it.