Regina baseballers excited about partial opening of new Pacers Park
City announced in 2015 baseball fields would move to accomodate bypass
Nine of 14 ball diamonds at the new Pacers Park location will open up on Monday, weather permitting.
In 2015, the City of Regina announced Pacers Park would move from its old location on Arcola Avenue to make room for the Regina Bypass project.
It was relocated to Anaquod Road, formerly known as a strip of Tower Road before it was renamed in honour of elder Glen Anaquod.
We waited patiently for this time to get onto the new fields.- Baseball Regina board president Rob Gartner
Baseball Regina board president Rob Gartner said the time without the park has been challenging for the organization, which had been hoping the work would be completed within a year.
He said rapidly increasing membership, which has doubled in the past five years, has made waiting for the new space more difficult.
"We're experiencing tremendous growth and so it added a new level of complexity when Pacers Park was closed for relocation — finding different places for us to play and practise," said Gartner.
"So there was that concern and so we waited patiently for this time to get onto the new fields."
Excitement about new site
The new site is more than two kilometres north of the old location.
Weather has delayed progress on the park but it's expected to be fully operational by its official grand opening in 2019.
Gartner said he hopes Baseball Regina can raise funds to help cover the cost of repairing wear and tear on existing fields, which have been used heavily while the teams were waiting for their new home.
He said the teams are excited about playing at the new Pacers Park.
"It's brand new and we're looking forward to all of our members playing on brand new fields, but the other parks need some assistance as well for some capital improvements," said Gartner.
Baseball Regina currently has close to 750 members, he said.