Old baseball grandstand found in Victoria Park excavation
Construction crews building foundation for new washrooms find grandstand remains
When a Dakon Construction crew broke ground on the new washrooms in Victoria Park they dug into a piece of local history: the remnants of an old grandstand buried in the park.
Now crews are removing old concrete and wire from the site located at the corner of David Street and Jubilee Drive in Kitchener.
The grandstands were part of a stadium built for a professional baseball team in the 1950s according to Rych Mills, a member of the Victoria Park historical committee.
Originally, the stands were built with wood when the soccer pitch and baseball diamond were established in the 1880s. However, as years passed the facilities grew more professional and a concrete foundation grandstand was built, Mills said.
In the 1960's the team was moved from the Victoria Park location to the Jack Couch Ball Park and Centennial Stadium where the Kitchener Panthers play today.