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Delta baseball group proposes scoreboards, ad revenue

A civic report recommends gathering more details and associated costs for the scoreboard proposals
tsawwassen baseball association proposed scoreboards
A letter of understanding between the City of Delta and the Tsawwassen Amateur Baseball Association would need to be developed for the proposals.

Two new baseball scoreboards could be coming to Winskill Park in a deal between the City of Delta and the Tsawwassen Amateur Baseball Association, which is also hoping to land some advertising revenue from the scoreboards. 

Still requiring Parks, Recreation and Culture commission as well as Delta council approval, the cost would be shared through Delta’s community initiated cost sharing program. 

The association has provided baseball to children and youth in the community since 1968 and currently has more than 450 registered participants. 

In addition to both a spring and summer season, the association also hosts up to two tournaments per year, attracting more than 30 teams travelling from various regions in B.C. 

Earlier this year, the association put forward a proposal to the city for two scoreboards. 

A report by the parks department to the commission notes the association has been discussing the proposal informally with city staff for a number of years, and is now in a position to undertake a significant portion of the necessary investment. 

The association would invest approximately $40,000 for the scoreboards themselves. 

As far as Delta’s cost, the report notes, “While specific capital and operating budget impacts of the proposed scoreboards have not been fully assessed at this point, a general order of the magnitude of $50,000 required over multiple years for the City's general responsibilities should be available through the Community Initiated Cost Sharing Projects capital funding program.” 

The report also notes the non-profit association has requested that seasonal advertising be available to them as part of both proposed scoreboards to provide a source of annual revenue.  

If approved, Delta would reserve the right to approve all signage and sponsors that would be displayed as part of the seasonal advertising.  

Should the recommendations be approved by the commission and council, the details of the advertising arrangement would be outlined as part of a letter of understanding as the next step for commission's consideration.

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