Ballpark plans underway

A contractor has been chosen to build the new concession stand at the Barbara Diane Colin Ballpark.

Ed Smith (left) was given the go-ahead to act as on-site project coordinator for construction of the ballpark concession. He is seen here with council members Colleen Lang

A contractor has been approved for a new $122,948.95 concession and washroom building at Barbara Diane Colin Memorial Ball Park in Greenwood. This is phase one under the $263,200 Community Recreation Program funding the city received in March 2012.

A ballpark committee was formed in 2012 that reports to council as a whole on the on the project. Greenwood resident Ed Smith is chair of that committee.

Council met for special meeting on Monday afternoon to award the contract to Pownall Construction of Rock Creek. City administrator Robin Dalziel said there had been two bids received and the Pownall bid was the lowest.

Smith will be the on-site project coordinator, working closely with Dalziel and overseeing the construction.

Also on the agenda was a variance application. Because the new building will be constructed diagonally behind the backstop, the two corners nearest the lot boundaries will sit 3.35 m from the lot line – variance is required because legal distance is 4.57 m.

The existing concession will remain on the site to be used for storage.

“We are building this to last,” said Mayor Nipper Kettle adding he feels encouraged by it.

He said the concession is phase one of a two-phase project covered by the grant. Bleachers, fencing and other amenities will be decided upon in future meetings of the ballpark committee.

The new concession is 13.4 m by 6.7 m with a 3 m covered area along the side of the building with the concession windows. There will be both men’s and women’s washrooms.

The concession kitchen area will be 9 m x 6.7 m. The building will have metal roofing and siding.,

The plans were commissioned from Dan Koftinoff of DJK Enterprises in Grand Forks.

The Community Recreation Program was announced by Premier Christy Clark at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in September 2011. Both Greenwood and Midway were successful under the program. Midway received $400,000 towards their half-million dollar dressing room addition at the arena.

The grant will cover up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs. That leaves Greenwood to come up with $52,640 should they use the entire $263,200 grant from the Community Recreation Program Funding

The original grant application called for development of a multi-purpose playing field. Greenwood’s existing ball field property will be upgraded to accommodate – in addition to the ball field – a soccer pitch, bocce/lawn bowling, walking track and small washroom/concession building. The existing bleachers, backstop, and baseball dugouts will be replaced and the site will see new signage and landscaping.

The project must be completed by March of 2015.