WITH THE FUTURE OF OUR POPULAR TEE BALL AND OTHER BASEBALL PROGRAMS AT STAKE, TP HOUSE LEAGUE BASEBALL STRONGLY ENCOURAGES PARENTS AND COACHES TO ATTEND THE THURSDAY MEETING AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUATION OF BASEBALL AT THE PARK
Hello Players, Parents, Coaches, and Committee Members
I wish to inform you of a meeting taking place this Thursday regarding the future of Bickford Park and to encourage you to attend if possible and if not then to contact the office of Councillor Mike Layton to let him know how you feel about the future of baseball in the park. I`ve copied below the information which Councillor Layton sent out about the up-coming meeting. This is the next step in what has been a rather long and on-going process. Many of you attended or will remember the open house held at the Bob Abate Centre last year…this meeting will feature a presentation regarding the attempt to incorporate the various interests into a future plan that provides a balance amongst users and uses.
As most of you probably know, Bickford Park is home to our tee ball divisions, the rookie ball and mosquito house league practices, and a weekly mosquito game. We again expanded our tee ball program this year in an attempt to meet the demand…we have twelve teams in our tee ball league…four play Tuesday, four play Thursday, and four play Friday, and we still have people on a waiting list. While we do have some people coming from other parts of the city to participate in our tee ball program, the overwhelming majority of players come from the neighbourhoods close to Bickford Park and Christie Pits. This area is growing considerably in terms of pre-school aged children…in spite of what you will likely hear occasionally, this is not a case of a tee ball program being forced on to an uninterested and unwilling community…the type of opportunities that our tee ball program provides are what most of the families in this area want for their children.
Feedback I received from the stakeholders meeting held recently seems to indicate that Councillor Layton clearly is not in favour of the tee ball program (or other baseball activities) being removed from Bickford Park…however, there is a small and very vocal group who do want just that. This is why I am encouraging you to express your support for our baseball activities in Bickford Park by attending the meeting or contacting the office of Councillor Layton (or both).
If your child has a house league game in our league this Thursday then please attend your game…the point of our taking this position is that we do not want baseball curtailed…so let`s not do that to ourselves. However, if you do not play Thursday, or could attend part of the meeting before or after your game, please do that. Also, even if you or your children are well past the age of playing in Bickford Park, please try to lend your support. One of the most important things about our league is that, regardless of the colour of your uniform we are all actually on the same team…the team that wants great recreational baseball opportunities to thrive in Toronto!
Thanks for your time and attention to this message, and thanks for your on-going support of our league.
Coordinator, Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball
6:00pm – 7:30pm
80 Clinton Street, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School