Part­ner­ships help push ahead 57s Club­house project

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

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.

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