The Newton Canadian Baseball Association (NCBA) is hoping to knock community pride out of the park this season.
NCBA President Ben Dias wants to bring a positive light to the “troubled” town centre and the opening ceremony for the ball club this Saturday at Unwin Park aims to do just that.
Dias, who became president in November 2014, said his vision for the event involves lots of kids and their families enjoying themselves. He said it will have a “parade-like atmosphere.”
Dias and about 30 volunteers worked over the winter months in an effort to bring “fresh breath” into the area, helping to refurbish the park at 133 Street and 68 Avenue.
“We’ve been renovating some of the facilities, painting, cleaning, picking up litter,” Dias said.
On Saturday, the NCBA will be unveiling a new announcement tower named after the premier sponsor (to be announced).
Surrey-Newton NDP MLA Harry Bains will be on hand at the ceremony and he considers it a “good honour” to stand with the NCBA.
“It inspires and encourages youngsters to play baseball and to become future heroes,” Bains said.
The opening ceremony for the season takes place Saturday, April 4 at Unwin Park and will start at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The association has received support from the City of Surrey, the Surrey School District and the Newton Business Improvement Association.
The NCBA is offering teams in the following divisions for the spring season: Blastball (5U), Teeball (7U), Tadpole (9U), Mosquito A (11U), Peewee A (13U), Peewee AA (13U), Bantam A (15U), Midget AA (18U), Midget AAA (18U) and Junior Mens (25U).
For more information, visit newtonbaseball.com