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Sponsors upgrade six 30-year old dugouts at Chetwynd ball fields

Total project which includes other upgrades totals $60,000.
Chetwynd ball fields
Community members pitch in to help with the renovation project at the Chetwynd ball fields on May 7.

The Chetwynd ball fields are getting an overhaul heading into the 2016 season. 

The project includes replacing six, 30-year-old dugouts, the purchase and installation of safety top caps for the chain link fences, new clay for the diamonds, professional grooming and topsoil for the grass.

A combination of funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT), Chetwynd Forest Industries (West Fraser), Canfor, Caribou Road Services, the Ministry of Transportation and Chetwynd's Aim Trucking was pulled together to make the $60,000 project happen. 

"Our community is always so supportive of our youth and community projects," ball field managers said.

It looks like the fields will be well used this summer, they added.

Registration is up for both minor league ball and adult leagues. Seven minor teams are ready to play, so too are a few pre-mites and T-ball teams.

"Simply put: upgraded ball fields will allow Chetwynd to host more games and tournaments that attract visitors to the community and contribute to the local economy," NDIT's director of communications Joel Mckay said in an email to the Dawson Creek Mirror. 

"The ball fields are also a key piece of local infrastructure that add to the quality of life for the residents of Chetwynd," he added.