We need your help to save our Lac La Biche main ball diamond!
The recent decision on April 6, 2021 from the Lac La Biche County councilors is to remove the main diamond with the new McArthur Park plans. This decision was largely based on a survey they compiled which had only 297 people completing the survey. Of the 297 people, 67% did not want the diamond to stay in the location where it has been for over 75 years. We feel the County was not well represented in this matter and would like to present to council a more accurate number of people that want to see the diamond stay where it is.
Keep reading to see the important history and reasons why we believe the diamond is so very important to keep in our community.
How can you help? You can:
- sign this online petition at Change.org here OnlineSAVEourDiamond
- fill out a paper petition at our local supporters; Petro Canada Gas Bar or Lac La Biche Sporting Goods;
- OR you can even print off a copy of the petition here SAVEourDIAMOND, sign and collect a few signatures yourself - then drop it off at Petro Canada.
We THANK-YOU for your support!
Here are some details why we believe the main ball diamond should stay where it is:
- Minor Ball in Lac La Biche needs more diamonds to adequately support youth ball in our community. Yes, there are 3 new diamonds being built at the Bold Center but with the definite removal of the 2nd diamond at McArthur Park we will have 6 diamonds to use. Each year we require a minimum of 7 diamond to allow each team to play on true ball diamonds. We are part of the Lakeland League which determine what days of the week baseball and softball play. They also determine the times which games are played; due to the size of our league it is not possible to “double up” games each night. If the main diamond is removed, we will then be down to only 5 diamonds.
- Baseball has played a long history in and around Lac La Biche. The sport has been played in the area for over 100 years, bringing communities together.
The estimated date the diamond was constructed (due to the difficulty of finding records) is 1932. The local team “Lac La Biche Dodgers” (est.1946) originated after the World War II. Over the course of the 75-year history (that we could find supporting documents) the field has been a focal point for sport and has solidified its role as an important community gathering place. The long and rich history of baseball in Lac La Biche has created a firm foundation for the success in the continuation of organized sport in our community.
- The main diamond is situated on very valuable land and is a community landmark. The land has special visual and sentimental meeting that has historical significance; so much so that we recently submitted a nomination for the diamond to be identified as a Municipal Historical Site. Although the nomination was turned down by council, it will always be a very important historical landmark to Lac La Biche. You can not change or deny history.
Documentation from historical maps shows the lands only purpose as a baseball diamond. A map from 1915 shows the area owned by Hudson Bay Company Reserve and the area is noted as the “Lac La Biche Post.” It changed hands in 1925 to the Village of Lac La Biche with a special resolution put on the land that the sites only purpose be for “sports and amusement grounds for both the children and the grown-up people residents and visitors”. The land was transferred to the Town of Lac La Biche in 1965 and was registered as “Historical Land”. This designation was removed in 1995 and re-designated as a Municipal Reserve. The land remained registered to the Town of Lac La Biche till the amalgamation of the Town with Lakeland County in 2007 and is currently owned by the Lac La Biche County.
Lakeview Stadium, Dodgers Stadium or simply Main #1…whatever name you refer to the diamond as…help us save the diamond to keep this important landmark in Lac La Biche.
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