Wind up to ball season

 | April 20, 2012

It’ll be a busy summer at the Dick Hart Memorial Park between dog shows, campers, disc golf and slow pitch. Teresa Crawford, of the Heffley Creek Slow Pitch Association explains that there are only two weekends this summer when the park isn’t booked.

But before the park opens for ball season and everything else, it’s clean up time.

“Every spring, all of the teams will go down and clean up the park,” says player, Leslie Albert. “The clean up weekend’s scheduled for April 21 and 22. Earth Day’s on the Sunday (which is) good and that’s free garbage day at the dump. People are always encouraged to come to that.”

Once the park is ready to go, the slow pitch season begins on April 23, and runs until the year end tournament on July 7 and 8.

Ten teams, from Rayleigh to Sun Peaks, are in this fun league, and they play at the Dick Hart Memorial Park Monday through Friday at 6:15 p.m. The league also host tournaments throughout their season.

“We’re having a fundraising tournament on June 9,” says Crawford. “It’s not a league event, so anyone can put a team together. We do try to keep it to eight teams because there’s just the one field. All the money raised goes back into the park for upkeep.”

Players and organizers are looking forward to another fun season of slow pitch at the park, and encourage spectators to come and cheer on any of the games.

“Players really like it because, number one, it’s a really nice field, facility, and two, it’s just about fun,” says Crawford.

To register for the fundraising tournament, contact Shane at 250-578-8598. For park bookings, or to join a league team, call Teresa at 250-578-8165.