Minor Ball worried about skateboard park impact on ball diamonds

By David F. Rooney

Lina Sihlis of the Revelstoke Minor Baseball Organization says she is concerned about the impact establishment of a skateboard park and pump track at Centennial Park might have on ball diamond availability.

“For us in Minor Ball it is concerning,” she said Thursday. “We lost two diamonds to soccer a few years ago and we can’t afford to lose any more diamonds.”

Sihlis is a long-time proponent and patron of Minor Baseball in Revelstoke and says she wants to see children’s organized baseball “thrive — not die” which is what she fears could happen if more diamonds are lost at Centennial Park.

One or two diamonds could be casualties of proposals to build a skateboard park and mountain bike pump track at Centennial Park. Although the two new schools being built on the bench above park are supposed to include new diamonds, Sihlis said there is no guarantee that those would be made available to Revelstoke Minor Baseball.

She said organization officials will be meeting next week to discuss the situation and a petition could be circulated throughout the community. She said Revelstoke Minor Baseball may also write to City Council outlining its concerns.