Members of the Trent community and general public are invited to take part in the unveiling of the new Trent Sports Field on June 21, 2016 from 1-2pm. The ceremony, taking place at the new baseball diamond at Nassau Mills Road and Pioneer Road on the East bank of Trent University will be hosted by Trent University, the City of Peterborough, the Jays Care Foundation, and the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association. The opening will include an autograph session with Toronto Blue Jays alumni.
Kick-started by a $100,000 funding infusion from a Field of Dreams Grant from Jays Care Foundation of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Trent Sport Field project is a cooperative project of the City and Trent University, with support from the Peterborough Baseball Association (PBA) and the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association (PRBA).
“These are exciting times for Trent University,” said President Groarke. “As we mark this important milestone in the development of the new Trent Sport Field project, following on the heels of the selection of Trent as the location for Peterborough’s new twin pad area, we are making the Symons Campus a comprehensive centre for indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities in the region. In many ways, this is only the beginning of some very exciting and critical north end developments we are planning. We are thrilled to be doing so with the City of Peterborough, who is a partner helping us make our field of dreams a reality.”
The new Trent Sport's Field includes:
- A major-league sized baseball field including grass infield, 325’ left and right outfields and 400’ centre field, irrigation system, players’ dugouts, pitchers’ bullpen, sports field lighting and outfield fencing;
- A natural turf rectangular sport field to accommodate rugby, field lacrosse and soccer, meeting the IRB (rugby), FIFA (soccer) and IFL (lacrosse) requirements for field dimensions and including an irrigation system, sports field lighting and safety fencing;
- Parking and pedestrian walkways.
Funding and financial contributions for the project breakdown as follows:
- City of Peterborough - $1,438,052
- Trent University - $250,000 and provision of land
- Peterborough Baseball Association - $150,000
- Jays Care Foundation - $100,000
- Peterborough Recreational Association - $37,500
About Jays Care Foundation
As the charitable arm of Canada's only MLB team, Jays Care has made a Major League commitment to invest in Canadian children and communities from coast to coast. Since 1992, Jays Care Foundation has created opportunities for children and youth through programs that focus on helping kids get active, engage in the sport of baseball, excel academically and lead healthy lives. Jays Care is committed to breaking down barriers to access sport and education and building safe, dedicated spaces for recreational and educational youth programming in communities across Canada.