The Lamont Sports Park Illuminating Dreams Fundraising Campaign has hit a major milestone after a donation from the Saugeen Shores Minor Baseball Association (SSMBA). Their $25,000 Home Run Donation means the campaign has now raised $1 Million dollars towards two youth diamonds and an accessible playground.
“We are absolutely over the moon,” says Campaign Co-Chair and Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt. “This is the result of so many months and years of hard work. It is fitting that Minor Baseball should provide us with this donation, as we pivot to funding new amenities for youth teams.”
After the very successful “Quiet Ask” phase of donations from corporations, local businesses, and service clubs, the campaign is now trying to raise $50,000 through public donations for two youth batting cages and a storage facility for minor baseball.
“We are asking residents to provide what they can,” says Rob Stanley, Campaign Co-Chair. “It’s important for community members to feel a sense of pride and ownership in a facility that provides a healthy and inclusive environment for our youth.”
“We are experiencing a record number of kids in our program and, for the first time, our softball program is as large as our baseball program,” says Laura Kranenburg, President of the SSMBA. “We need to see a batting cage and storage facility for our equipment at the Lamont Sports Park, and we are thrilled to make a commitment to the shared vision of bringing this park to life.”
Individuals can donate by going to www.saugeenshores.ca/lamontsportsparkdonations/ and filling out the donation form. A pop-up also appears on the Saugeen Shores website to directly access the form.
Plans for Phase 2 are well underway: Council has approved a Prime Consultant to oversee the development and construction of the second phase. The first phase of the park is set to open in May 2023.