Batter up, ball fields improved with partnership

City of Penticton and Penticton Slo-Pitch team up to improve fields for players

A partnership between the City of Penticton and Penticton Slo-Pitch League has scored one for the home team, as changes to Lions, Parkway and Skaha ball diamonds have improved the fields for users.

New rooftops and players benches were installed for dugouts at Parkway and Skaha parks, as well as a new utility shed and tractor. Four magnetic base plates were installed, removing the peg systems of past that posed safety problems players choosing to slide into a base.

The project came under budget at $31,980 with Penticton Slo-Pitch contributing 50 per cent of the total costs as a donation.

“This partnership has improved softball fields in Penticton with additional safety features and amenities needed for players,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “We thank Penticton Slo-Pitch for their contribution to the community.”

Since 1998, the Penticton Slo-Pitch has expanded considerably to include hundreds of members playing in spring, summer and fall seasons and more than five divisions. Registration begins in spring and information is available at www.pentictonslopitch.com.

“We appreciate the City’s help with improving sports fields in Penticton and how they handled our request,” said president of Penticton Slo-Pitch League Chris Atkins. Small changes add up, and it looks great. It’s a lot easier to make these changes when we work together.”