“It’s a nice ball field, right?” “
The municipality of Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix inaugurated its new, completely upgraded baseball field, which is located behind Jean XXIII primary school. The event took place before the start of the first softball tournament in over ten years, Bawliss, organized by the team of the same name. Apparently, several players in the team gave a helping hand to make the project possible, which they put on the table in the city council for the first time in 2017, which continued in 2019.
The work required a total investment of $ 250,000, of which $ 100,000 was paid for by a public infrastructure program. The list of improvements is exhaustive considering the new red sand in the infield made of crushed bricks, as at Richard-Desmeules stadium in Jonquière. From 2008, the field had been neglected, and was practically impassable due to the beach sand on the playing surface, as well as significant drainage problems that have now been treated. New, higher fences have appeared and the nets have been replaced, the reception cabin has been completely renovated in addition to the addition of LED lighting for the lampposts with a timer to make it easier to use.
For the brothers Guillaume and Patrice Duchesne, who were among the inhabitants at the origin of the project, it was Wednesday # 1 in the new country. Guillaume Duchesne also noted that it was a dream to organize a tournament in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix after many years for teammates and him from the long-standing team, but for a new generation to play tournaments in other municipalities. For him, it is now crucial to mobilize the community around this new infrastructure with activities to give the community energy, which will be done in the next few days with the softball tournament that brings together 20 teams, beyond all expectations. From the organizers.
From next summer, he hopes to be able to set up a league for adults, but also for the youngest. “We are ready to welcome you and especially ready to invest our personal time so that it will be a success in 2022”, he launched during the intervention at the microphone and mentioned that a friendly league for 5 to 12 years gathers more than 45 young people people and no less than 14 teams participated in the end of the season tournament.
“The goal was that it does not cost us much money, but that it meets the needs of players and ball teams”, pointed out for his part the mayor André Fortin, very proud of the result, who told him remembered the heyday of the ball, especially with several young people who had put on vintage sweaters, a nod to the past.
“To develop our city and attract people, it requires leisure and sports,” he continued, citing the renovation of the swimming pool, which will soon be found right next door thanks to an investment of almost $ 3 million.
“We have what it takes to attract young people to come and live with us. For the members of the municipal council, it is quite clear, development will go through the offer of services that we will be able to offer our population, including leisure, says Mayor Fortin.