The Georgetown Slopitch League is once again stepping up to support the Town's Field of Dreams project at Trafalgar Sports Park.
The local organization has donated $50,000 to the Town for the second phase of the project, which will see the construction of a washroom building at the north Georgetown park later this year - recognizing that if you build it, people will come with full bladders.
The contribution kicked off Halton Hills Council's first meeting of the year on Monday (Jan. 23).
“Our very constitution says that we are going to support baseball in Georgetown,” said league treasurer Pete Wanner. “Despite the rumour around Ontario about baseball dying, that’s not Georgetown.”
Mayor Ann Lawlor thanked the Slopitch League “for their generosity and dedication" to the community.
In the spring of 2018, Halton Hills Council approved the Field of Dreams project, which saw three premium ball diamonds constructed and ready for use by 2020. The work cost approximately $2.8 million, with about $537,000 coming from grants and fundraising. The Georgetown Slopitch League collaborated with the Halton Hills Minor Baseball Association to raise more than $350,000 for the diamonds.
Over the past 30-plus years, Georgetown Slopitch has donated to many Town baseball-related initiatives, including construction of the first ball diamond at Trafalgar Sports Park, dugout covers for diamonds at Gellert Community Park, and donations for general ball diamond improvements at various locations.
“[The Slopitch League is] very active," added Wanner. "We have great people running it, and it’s a lot of fun."