Partnerships help push ahead 57s Clubhouse project
Construction is now underway to build a long sought after baseball clubhouse at Mitchell Field.
Swift Current City Council approved an agreement at their November 5 meeting which moves the project ahead. Council approved $500,000 towards the clubhouse project in 2017, so the newly finalized agreement spells out the remainder of the project funding and construction details.
Mitchell Field, the home of the Swift Current 57s of the now Western Canadian Baseball League, has been in need of a clubhouse as they were just one of two league teams without this ballpark amenity. Their new team clubhouse will boast home and visiting team showers and change rooms, an umpire change room, along with 57s ticketing and merchandise sales. There will also be additional public washrooms at the clubhouse which will be build on the left field side of Mitchell Field.
Mayor Denis Perrault noted council had originally been hesitant to fund the project, and discussions with the 57s have been ongoing since 2012.
“At that point in time I know it was tough for our council to digest and to try and make sense of. And I give credit to the 57s and to their board and their volunteers…they work extremely hard in order to put on a quality product for us in the summer and a place where we can all get together,” Perrault said of their long standing discussions.
He said there were a series of conditions put in place which would help ensure city support for their clubhouse project.
“I give them credit because the challenge was put forth to them that they needed to cut down the budget. That was one. Two, you needed to find partners. And the third part was we asked them to become relevant, more relevant in the community,” Perrault said.
“They did all the three things that we as a council asked of them. They are very relevant and very important to our community. They found the partners they needed. And they made a budget that was reasonable, that this council could adopt and support.”
The remainder of the clubhouse funds will come from the 57s and though a corporate partnership with Wallace Construction and Crutch’s Plumbing and Heating.
Back in 2016, Council approved $10,000 for a building design, and in 2017 they approved $500,000 for the project.
The finalized agreement will result in the construction of a $448,675 clubhouse, with the City spending $300,000 on the building and the 57s paying $80,000 over the next decade.
In exchange for 10 year naming rights as the Wallace Clubhouse, Wallace Construction will serve as the general contractor and donate $40,175 in in-kind labour and materials.
Crutch’s Plumbing and Heating will install all mechanical and plumbing facilities, and in exchange for their donation of $18,500 of in-kind labour an discounted materials they will have clubhouse concession naming rights for five years for Crutch’s Concession.