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Nelson Baseball's Queen Elizabeth Park getting facelift

Construction is underway to demolish the old dugouts and rebuilding the infield to correct drainage and surface materials. — The Nelson Daily photo

Successful offseason fundraising efforts by Nelson Baseball Association has paid huge dividends allowing the local organization money to complete the second year of its three-year project to renovate and rejuvenate the baseball field at Queen Elizabeth Park in lower Fairview.

In a media release, NBA said construction has already commenced, with completion expected by late August.

NBA began Queen Elizabeth renovations in 2019 with the the outfield fence and the infrastructure for the high, protective netting behind the backstop being installed.

The netting will stop most foul balls from landing on adjacent properties, in the road, and on parked vehicles.

This work was made possible with a Columbia Basin Trust Basin PLAYS grant, matching corporate donations (Selkirk Paving, RHC Insurance, Hume Hotel, Adventure Hotel), and in-kind contributions from MapleLeaf Power Corporation and Stella-Jones.

The work was also completed in partnership with the City of Nelson, which provided project logistics and some equipment and labour.

This year work will include: installing the protective netting; demolishing the old dugouts and building new dugouts and a field equipment building; rebuilding the infield to correct drainage and surface materials; and building a new batting and pitching complex behind the outfield fence.

The batting and pitching complex were made possible by a community works recreational infrastructure grant from the RDCK (Areas E, F, and H), grants from the BC Tire Stewardship and KalTire’s RePlay Fund, and very generous in-kind contributions from Nelson Ready Mix, Rokform Solutions, and Home Hardware.

The infield and the area behind the centre and left-field fence will be closed to the public during construction, but the public will still have access to the outfield.

When completed Queen Elizabeth Park, with the newly renovated infield, will be able to be used by the younger players in Nelson Baseball which normally play all games at Lions Park.

When completed, Queen Elizabeth Park will be able to be used by the younger players in Nelson Baseball which normally play all games at Lions Park. — The Nelson Daily photo