Letter: Baseball fields ‘pristine’ despite heavy rains

City Parks maintenance staff were able to start draining excess water off the fields and…those ball diamonds were in pristine condition.

To the editor:

I’m certain the City of Kelowna staff receives its share of complaints or criticism about care and condition of city-owned property such as the parks and recreation facilities we have in our community.

We’d like to give them our big congratulations on a job well done.

Recently our Ogopogo Senior Mens slo-pitch ball team hosted an annual slo-pitch tournament here at the Mission Sports Fields. We were able to attract 24 mens and ladies teams and many were from out of town communities such as Edmonton, Calgary, Burnaby, Kamloops, Vancouver Island all leaving behind their hard-earned money at our local restaurants, hotels/motels and other retail outlets.

As you would likely know, the Mission Sports complex includes six ball diamonds and are located next to Mission Creek near the H2O Centre.

Out-of-town participants over these past few years have mentioned their admiration of our entire sports complex at Mission Sports Fields and in particular this year, about the much-improved condition of those ball fields.

You will recall, we had about two days of almost non-stop rain last Tuesday evening through Thursday. Our committee became quite concerned about even being able to hold the event this year as the Mission Sports Fields were temporarily closed down due to the extreme wet weather.

Finally, Thursday morning the City Parks maintenance staff, with some very creative measures, were able to start draining excess water off the fields and by Friday afternoon those ball diamonds were in pristine condition. They remained that way throughout the weekend which led to a very successful ball tournament not only for our group but, for many retailers throughout our city.

Our sincere thanks goes to Chris Babcock and Sarah Semeniuk and their entire maintenance staff at the City of Kelowna—Recreation & Cultural Services for just an outstanding effort to ensure the ball parks were not only ready but, in such excellent condition this past weekend.

Chris and his staff have been a pleasure to work with over these past three years and we know that will continue in the future. Thanks again Chris and Sarah.

On behalf of the 2013 Ogopogo Sr Mens 60+ Slo-Pitch Team,

Grant Snow (#8),