With the exciting 2016 Alberta Summer Games looming over Leduc, city council approved $24,000 in upgrades to ball diamonds five at six at William F. Lede Park at its Sept. 14 council meeting.
“We approved it fairly quickly. The ball diamonds in our community are huge assets,” said city mayor Greg Krischke.
When the diamonds were originally built they were intended for baseball, softball and slo-pitch, so the fields are equipped with proper backstops.
However, the shale infields are 65 feet deep and need to be expanded to 95 feet. At $24,000 that directs $12,000 to each of the two diamonds for the project supporting the upcoming Alberta Summer Games.
“Now it is able to accommodate up to Midget level baseball,” said Krischke.
“Now it just opens it up,” he added. After the upgrades Krischke says the diamonds will also be great locations for other ball tournaments.