GANANOQUE – More than 450 people in Gananoque have signed a petition to save the Arlene Cartwright Baseball diamond located behind the Lou Jeffries Arena.
The petition is in response to a July 7 town council decision to place multi-sports courts on part of the diamond and replace the rest with a full-sized soccer field at a future date.
“What’s interesting is that a lot of the people that are signing the petition are soccer people,” said Ed Matthews, a Gananoque resident and author of the petition.
At no time during several discussions or in numerous drawings and staff reports presented to council was the baseball diamond identified as the Arlene Cartwright Baseball Diamond.
“I really don’t know why it wasn’t identified in any of the reports; I don’t think it was meant to be disrespectful in any way, but the fact that she was not called wasn’t right,” said Coun. Dennis O’Connor.
Kari Lambe, director of community services, explained that staff didn’t name the diamond specifically because there are several amenities at the location, all named after different people. The staff reports spoke to the usage of the amenity itself rather than each component part.