Tossing Chemainus aside way off base

Tossing Chemainus aside way off base

Abundance of facilities would have made a better choice for B.C. Games baseball events

We at the Chemainus and District Baseball Association are disappointed in the decision made by B.C. Games to have the Summer Games baseball competition held in Duncan at Evans Park and Ladysmith.

We had hoped that by CDBA hosting the B.C. Summer Games, we could begin breathing new life into our ball park and increase new opportunities to our ever-growing community.

We can understand and respect the decision to hold the main events at Evans Park given its stature and layout, however to send the remaining events to Ladysmith has deflated our sails.

We are closer to Evans Park for out-of-town guests. Chemainus offers a variety of affordable accommodations plus our park does contain an operating concession, ease of parking to our venue plus handicap parking and large handicap accessible washrooms.

The CDBA ball park has met all the requirements to host such an event and were looking forward to another fantastic summer of baseball after our last year’s event, the Cuban journey.

The uniqueness of the Cuban journey brought interest into baseball like never before. People from all over the Island and Lower Mainland attended our park in record numbers and started a new kind of international relations behind junior baseball.

If you wish to make a complaint so that Chemainus can co-host the B.C. Summer Games, please write to Irene Schell at BC Games or either Ernie Mansueti at the North Cowichan Municipal Hall or John Elzinga at the CVRD.

Larry Hopwo,

CDBA President