Even in Yellowknife, there is a nostalgic feel to a sun-filled summer day, wooden bleachers and the traditional call of “Play Ball”. For long-time Yellowknifers, it brings back memories of a time when the Tommy Forrest ball park was a uniting and electrifying hub of our northern community; and a local team of fast ball players went all the way to the national championships – twice!
Yellowknife’s Men’s Fastball Association has embarked on a project to restore the Tommy Forrest ball diamond and revitalize this important link to our city’s past.
Work to date has included the construction of new dugouts and the replacement of aging bleachers with new family-friendly picnic tables.Funded in-large part by a $60,000 commitment from the City of Yellowknife and supplemented with funds raised by the YK Men’s Fastball Association, the infield at Tommy Forrest was re-built in the fall of 2015 and – for the first time in its history – grass was laid in the outfield by members of the YK Fastball League.(click for video)
In the next two years, the field’s infrastructure will also be refurbished; fences replaced, an outfield wall constructed and new viewing and concession facilities built. Before we’re done, we also hope to repurpose the surrounding area – incorporating a playground, a walking track and a central multi-use green space for Yellowknife residents young and old alike.
This year, the YK Men’s Fastball Association is embarking on a signage program to once again adorn the fences with commercial signage – reflective of the community and city it serves.
Follow this page for news on the field’s progress, fundraising initiatives, and to hear stories of Tommy Forrest past and present: what this field means to our city, and what it will mean in the future.