Challenger Baseball officials say paved path better for players
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Going between the diamonds at Inch Park has become a lot easier for Challenger Baseball players.
On May 26, city crews spent the day laying down a 1,000 foot asphalt walkway that runs up the middle of the park and around the baseball diamonds on the west side.
It also runs past the batting cage, pool, playground, tennis courts and accessible washrooms.
“It works very nice,” said Mike Moore, president of the Hamilton Challenger Baseball Association that has called Inch Park their home for the last five years. “The players love it.”
Challenger Baseball offers the baseball experience to physically and cognitively challenged youth and adults in competitive and non competitive play.
The group uses three of the six diamonds at the park.
Most of the players use wheel chairs and walkers to get around and Moore noted many found it difficult to navigate the gravel path that was there.
“Especially (wheelchairs) with the small front wheels, it was difficult on the stones,” said More who noted some players were using the sidewalks around the park to get between diamonds.
He said dust from the gravel on dry days was also a problem for the players, who returned to Inch Park recently for another season of Challenger Baseball.
The $12,500 cost for the new pathway came out of central Mountain councillor Scott Duvall’s area rating fund.
Duvall said he’s been pushing for the paved walkway ever since the association moved to the Queensdale Avenue park.
“We needed something accessible for them to help them get around from diamond to diamond,” said Duvall, who noted the new walkway should also get a lot of use by walkers, joggers and rollerbladers. “We’ve come a long way here fixing up this park.”