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Creighton gets ballpark repair funds from Blue Jays foundation

The Town of Creighton will get some help to fix the local ball diamond from Canada’s sole Major League Baseball team.
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The Town of Creighton will get some help to fix the local ball diamond from Canada’s sole Major League Baseball team.

The Toronto Blue Jays, through the team’s Jays Care Foundation and the Field of Dreams program, announced that the Creighton ball diamond would be one of 12 ballparks which will see fixes funded by the group. In total, the foundation will fund over $1.1 million in infrastructure projects relating to ballparks across Canada.

“This has been a challenging year for many, particularly children and youth. We are pleased that these grants will give them something to look forward to and the ability to reconnect with their peers through the game of baseball on their local diamonds,” said Robert Witchel, executive director of the Jays Care Foundation in a news release issued August 21.

The Field of Dreams program finances upgrades for local ballparks and minor ball organizations. It is unknown exactly what renovations or fixes will be conducted at the ballpark site. 

The park has been mostly unused during COVID-19, with Flin Flon/Creighton Minor Ball suspending operations for the summer and the Flin Flon/Creighton Slo-Pitch League playing exclusively out of Centoba Park in Flin Flon this season. Several portions of the outfield fence at the Creighton ball diamond have fallen apart in recent years. A work bee organized earlier this summer cleaned up the infield and outfield areas, clearing weeds and undergrowth.

Creighton is one of four Saskatchewan communities to see renovations funded through the program, joining Fort Qu’Appelle, Indian Head and Regina as communities that saw investment. Other communities selected for funding through the program this year include Gander, Nfld., Sydney Mines, N.S., Lachine, Que., Ottawa, Brampton, Kemptville, Ont., Mississauga and Nelson, B.C.