Diamond Upgrades for 2022, News (Orangeville & Headwaters Minor Baseball)

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Feb 13, 2022 | Jesse Edmunds | 548 views
Diamond Upgrades for 2022
Hey Bengals,

Prior to the pandemic, many people within our Bengals Baseball community put forth a strong effort to ensure that baseball diamond upgrades were clearly identified in the Town of Orangeville 10-Year Parks & Rec Master Plan. Since then, the OHMBA Executive has continued to work closely with Town Operations to see that these needs are addressed. We're happy to announce that we will see some of these upgrades completed for the 2022 season.

As confirmed with Town Operations this past week, the following upgrades are expected to be completed as soon as possible.

Springbrook Shack Diamond
- Removal of the limestone/stone dust and grass infield, to be replaced by a proper clay/ball mixture. While we had initially hoped that the grass infield would remain, it must be removed in order to ensure a level playing surface when the new infield materials are installed. This will make the diamond much more playable and safer.
- Left field fence will be removed and reinstalled further back, to create a more uniform diamond shape.

Princess of Wales Diamond
- Removal of the limestone/stone dust infield and warning track, to be replaced with a proper clay/ball mixture, including rebuilding the mound.
- Warm up mounds will be rebuilt by the Association (with assistance from the Town) if any clay mixture is left over from the infield.
- The additional of a concrete storage structure/shed to provide additional space for storing field maintenance and training equipment.
- The addition of covered dugouts to provide some shade on those hot/sunny summer days. We hope to add covered dugouts to more of our diamonds in the years to come.  

Springbrook North Diamond
- While not initially in the Town budget, limestone/ stone dust material from the shack diamond may be relocated to the north diamond to re-shape the infield. If funds from the above projects remain, the Town will consider removing the stone dust material and replacing with clay/ball mix.

We would like to thank the members of our Association, Town Operations, and Town Council, for their continued support and efforts to see our baseball facilities improved. Our diamonds have been in need of some love for a while now, and the projects being carried out this year are a great step in the right direction. 

We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Town to see continued upgrades to our facilities.