Lights will change Upper Island Cove
Upper Island Cove ball field light installation begins
Workers will be installing new lights over the next little while at the baseball field in Upper Island Cove. A project in the making for a number of years, the opportunities the equipment will create for growing the sport and extending games has local sports enthusiasts excited.
The ballpark in Upper Island Cove is in the midst of some pretty big upgrades.
Mount Pearl-based HJ Bartlett Electrical is busy putting in the framework that will become a set of lights for the field located on Crane’s Road.
The electrical portion of the work has been completed and the rest of the job has quickly started taking shape.
While heavy equipment moves dirt and digs holes, more than half a dozen steel poles sit just feet away from their home in the ground around the field’s fencing.
“It’s finally becoming a reality,” said Upper Island Cove Mayor George Adams when contacted by The Compass last week.
It’s a big step for the area and adds the Island Cove field to the list of facilities with lights in Conception Bay North. It now joins parks in Bay Roberts and Carbonear.
The idea behind installing lights at the recreation com- plex has been ongoing since 2014. That’s when then-minister of public works Steve Kent first announced the funding to put in the system. That effort was rebuffed when Paul Davis threw in additional government funds last year.
Primarily, the field is used for baseball and portions of the town’s summer recreation program. It’s also the home of the town’s fireworks display and hosts the occasional softball game.
Now, it opens up other avenues for the town to explore when it comes to recreational activities.
There are already plans to install a walking track around the periphery of the field. “It’s going to be great for all residents,” said Adams.
Rounding out the program
Having the ability to put off games and practices at night means big things for the CBN Bulldogs baseball program. It means not having to cut games short as day becomes night and opens up more hours for playing baseball.
“Having the lights on the field increases our ability to put off a better program,” said Baseball CBN president Neil Shute. “When we’re hosting tournaments and games, it’s a boost to our kids.”
Baseball CBN is a regional program that operates out of three fields — Harbour Grace, Span- iard’s Bay and Upper Island Cove — in Conception Bay North.
There’s an inherent magic that comes when baseball is played at night. It’s a game meant to be played under the cover of darkness.
The president mentioned there is a plan to ensure every athlete in the program gets a game under the lights this summer.
The Bulldogs Classic baseball tournament is one event that will surely take full advantage of the lights when their installed.
“It certainly gives the game that big league feel, especially for the younger kids,” said Shute. “It’s positive steps going forward.”
It certainly gives the game that big league feel, especially for the younger kids. Neil Shute
Bantam league games like this one from Bantam AAA provincial in Upper Island Cove last season could be played in the evening this summer.