This spring, the Town of Collingwood, Ontario was looking to partner with a company that could provide them with a netting barrier to keep spectators and park users safe from stray baseballs. The project was much more than netting in itself, and required a firm that could supply the netting, design and installation ideally prior to the start of the 2014 baseball season.
The Town of Collingwood ultimately turned to Sport Systems, given their experience and track record with installing complex barrier netting projects for both sporting and commercial applications.
The location of the project was Collingwood’s Central Park, a host to a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor recreational activities situated on a 15 acre piece of land, containing two baseball diamonds. Following the recent addition of the Central Park arena to the grounds, the space had become surrounded by pedestrian walkways, parking lots and an entrance road. It was determined that a number of foul balls were becoming an issue as the baseball facilities began to overlap with these high traffic areas.
A netting barrier was an obvious need to protect the safety of pedestrians and vehicles now travelling the new roadways and pathways on the property.
The netting barrier to be installed was a large one, and was to measure 500’ in length and hang 43’ high, and was to be equipped with a guyless pole support system, given the proximity to the existing, new and planned public facilities at the park.