By Greg Bennett
The Coast Guard
Shelburne has a new ballfield.
The Albert Acker Memorial Baseball Field was officially opened on Thursday, July 15 before a match-up between two local rookie teams.
Roddy Conrad, of Shelburne Minor Baseball, had been working for more than a year to gather the community support and funding to convert the seldom-used soccer field into a little league ballfield.
While noting that there was still some work left to complete the field, Conrad praised those who helped make it a possibility. There are plans to install dugouts, fencing and bleachers in the near future.
“We still have a little bit ahead of us,” he said.
The field, originally designed for soccer, was named years ago after Shelburne Regional High School athlete Albert Acker, who was killed in 1969 in a car accident while going to play basketball for SRHS.
During the ceremony to open the field, Albert’s mother Francis cut the official ribbon and his brother Rob threw the first pitch.
The field will be utilized this year as mainly a practise field by little league teams. Next year, there are plans to use it for little league exhibition and regular season games as well as for a T-Ball league.
Conrad noted the help of government, local businesses and the community in the project including a provincial health and protection grant, as well as donations from the Municipality of Shelburne, Belliveau-Veinotte, Butlers Small Engine, Scotiabank, Goulden’s Shell, Home Hardware, Timbermart, Shelburne Minor Baseball, Mutual Life, Tyler Harris and Black Bull.
Conrad also noted Kevin Smith, Tom Jacklyn and Paul Richardson for helping out with the construction of the new field.