Ontario Government Boosts Outdoor Recreation In Thunder Bay
New Baseball Facilities To Host International Tournaments
THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is enhancing the region's outdoor recreational opportunities and local tourism sector by investing in the Thunder Bay Baseball Association's new baseball facilities. The announcement was made today by Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro and Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle, on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.
"For more than 80 years the Thunder Bay Baseball Association has encouraged youth athletic excellence through its tradition of promoting baseball in Northwestern Ontario," said Mauro. "The Ontario government is proud to support this association's rich sports heritage by investing in its future success."
"The association has hosted a number of prestigious competitions which have brought teams from Canada, Australia and the United States to the area," said Gravelle. "Investing in this new facility will enable the association to bid for more international events that will draw many new visitors to the region."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $50,000 in the completion of one baseball diamond and construction of a new field, bringing the total number of playing surfaces at the complex to three. This project includes building a new field and bleachers, new scoreboards and dugouts, as well as installation of lighting and landscaping. The new facilities will also serve as a focal point for community recreational activity as well as for hosting important sporting events.
"I am delighted our government is supporting this project, which will contribute to Thunder Bay's local tourism sector as well as promote healthy lifestyles," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "This investment is another example of our government's commitment to work with northern communities to support projects that will encourage a more prosperous and healthier future for Northern Ontario."
This NOHFC project is part of the Ontario government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.