The City of Cambridge hopes structural restorations of the historic Dickson Stadium can begin next year.
The stadium has been the home of the Guelph Biltmores, Cambridge Cubs and the semi-professional Galt Terriers during its over century long history.
But now, the grandstand where locals have gathered to watch the likes of Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ferguson Jenkins, and Cambridge baseball legends Rob Ducey and Scott Thorman, is in need of some serious work.
And for those wondering, the answer is no, a left field fence is not part of the plans.
The restoration on the 103-year-old stadium is planned to happen in two phases. City staff are currently working on the first phase, the design component, that comes with a budget of approximately $95,000.
“Dickson Stadium is expected to be undergo some structural renovations in the future,” manager of building design and construction, Slobodanka Lekic, said.
“Due to its age, components of the structure require replacement in order to ensure it can continue to be used well into the future.”
The second phase will involve replacing the roof, steel framing, painting, repair of bleachers, retaining walls elastomeric coating, perimeter walls, and railings.
How much and when the construction can begin will be left up to the next city council.
“The proposed construction project is under development and will come before council in the 2023 budget process,” Slobodanka said.
“The design phase has already begun and should be complete by the end of this year. It’s anticipated that the construction phase timing and budget will be determined as part of the budget process.”
Much like the restorations taking place at Riverside Park, Dickson Stadium’s age, along with general wear and tear have prompted the city to take action.
“The city undertakes assessments of its facility assets and plans for capital repair and replacement as part of its commitment to the public value of sustainability,” she said.
“It is our intent that these facility assets, especially those which hold cultural heritage significance, such as this structure, are maintained and operated for future generations.”
Cosmetically, Dickson Stadium will look very similar to the current structure, but the work being done will ensure it remains safe while extending its lifespan.
“As a key attribute of Dickson Park, the renewal of the Dickson Stadium contributes to the City’s strategic plan objective of ‘placemaking,’ and our commitment to being good stewards of our parks as part of the green spaces objective.”