By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is looking to make some upgrades.
The Hall of Fame’s Director of Operations Scott Crawford spoke with members of the St. Marys Town Council during last Tuesday’s meeting seeking $29,500 to be pre-approved for the 2021 budget for improvements to the baseball diamonds at the Hall. The Hall of Fame is applying to the Jays Care Foundation, the charitable organization associated with the Toronto Blue Jays, for the majority of the required funding and already has $5,000 committed from St. Marys Minor Ball.
There are several different projects that the Hall is looking at taking on, according to a letter sent by Crawford to the Council. Crawford’s letter to Council stated that the requested $29,500 would account for 25 percent of the necessary funding, with 71 percent of the funding coming from the request from the Jays Care Foundation. It should be noted that if the funding request from the Jays Care Foundation is denied or the amount approved is lower than what the Hall has requested, some projects could be delayed.
Below you’ll find a list of projects that were included in Crawford’s letter to Council, which was dated October 19, 2020, along with their projected costs:
Cement Field backstop replacement – $31,000
Landscaping – $25,000
Irrigation Phase 2 – $13,500
Parking lot lighting – $10,150
General Field upgrades – $10,000
Equipment storage expansion – $10,000
King Field bullpens – $6,800
Equipment and tools – $5,000
Spectator benches – $4,000
Rotary Field outfield improvements – $2,500