Letters: ‘Ball fields are needed, too’

I am frustrated at fact that there was no mention of the need for more ball facilities.

Editor, The News:

Re: ‘Sports facilities are at capacity’ (The News, Dec. 4).

I am in full agreement with Maple Ridge not having enough facilities.

I am frustrated at fact that there was no mention of the need for more ball facilities.

I have been saying this for years as per my letter to the editor from May 17th 2011, five and a half years ago. But it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Do people not realize the amount of ball players that Maple Ridge has? Not only with slo-pitch, but women’s fastball, youth hardball and softball, and seniors’ slo-pitch. With all these ball sports combined, we have just as many players as soccer.

Ball sports have not had any new facilities since the diamonds were built in Albion. Yes, we got the new diamonds at Larry Walker field, but those are limited to hard ball.

Soccer and lacrosse have had three and soon to be four artificial turf fields built for them.

I have lived in Maple Ridge all my life and I have seen this community grow dramatically, but our sports facilities have not. So I am in favour for the need of more facilities.

I just want to let people know that soccer, lacrosse and hockey are not the only sports in this town.

There are hundreds of ball players out there who compete at a high level and we also need more and better fields to accommodate the ever growing population in this not-so-bedroom town.

We also need to be added to that list.

Darren Gosselin, president

Ruskin Slo-pitch


Just Posted

Teacher receives reprimand after 2017 altercation with student

Gregory Norman Brock and a Grade 11 student had an altercation in a school gym.

RMMBA holds first training session of season in Maple Ridge

Players wore green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day

UPDATE: Location for more temporary supportive housing in Maple Ridge by end of week

Evacuation shelter now a night refuge only, then shuts for good March 31.

Getting dry in Maple Ridge, be careful

Two brush fires recently already

More condos sought for downtown Maple Ridge project

Seeking 20 per cent increase in number of units

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Avalanche control tomorrow on Highway 1

Expect closures of up to two hours east of Revelstoke

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Most Read