The Dawson Creek Mixed Slo-Pitch League has been given the green light from the City of Dawson Creek to start construction on a playground where youngsters will be able to enjoy themselves while their siblings or parents are batting the slo-pitch ball or booting the soccer ball.
The playground, expected to be completed sometime this month, will be located between diamonds No. 2 and No. 3 as that is a central location, say slo-pitch officials.
As the area includes both the Harry Morrow Ball Park and the Paul Loiselle Soccer Park, it's expected that the playground will be used by kids with a sibling or parent playing either sport.
"We have been wanting to provide a fun and safe place for the children to play while their parents, brothers or sisters are busy at our ball and soccer facility," said slo-pitch rep Clint Shuman.
"We are building a playground that will be protected by a chain link fence that will keep all foul balls out of the playground and will provide parents with piece of mind that their children will be safe while enjoying the playground."
The playground's costs for equipment and labour and in-kind services is expected to be between $40,000 and $50,000. Some of that money and services have come from local businesses, the local adult soccer and slo-pitch organizations and the city.
As well, Dawson Creek Recycling is also taking bottles for donations to help out with this fundraising project. Anyone bringing in bottles to the recycling depot is asked to mention to the staff that the items are for the Harry Morrow Mixed Slo-pitch playground fund.