Queen Elizabeth Ballpark’s ‘VIV Field’ undergoes expansion
October 26, 2016 – Summerside, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Queen Elizabeth Ballpark, Summerside’s primary venue for minor and recreational baseball and softball leagues, has upgraded one of its popular fields.
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, and His Worship Bill Martin, Mayor of the City of Summerside, announced combined federal-municipal investments of $396,665 under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) for the City of Summerside to upgrade the ballpark. ACOA is providing $198,331 and the City of Summerside is providing $198,334. In Atlantic Canada, CIP 150 is administered through ACOA.
The Very Important Volunteer (VIV) Field will be expanded in order to meet Softball Canada regulations for hosting larger tournaments and more advanced level athletes. Other modifications will include relocation of the scoreboard and fencing, as well as upgrades to lighting, associated ground work and dugout refurbishment.
This summer, the City of Summerside hosted the Under 21 Softball Ladies Nationals and the Under 15 Boys Baseball Nationals at the upgraded field.
“I am pleased to announce funding for the Queen Elizabeth Ballpark. Since 1973, it has been a significant recreational space in Summerside. These upgrades will allow the park to host larger tournaments, bringing in athletes from across the country, which will have a substantial economic impact on the community.”
Member of Parliament for Egmont