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On Sunday, July 23rd, teams from Disney’s Lighthouse Point project took to the field to mark the conclusion of a months-long effort to update the Tarpum Bay Ballfield. Work began in January of 2023 and included a 50 foot expansion of the outfield, new infield surfaces and fencing, dugout updates, seating, and a new concession stand. American Bridge Bahamas (AB Bahamas) led the work, organizing key suppliers and overseeing the improvements. Volunteers from the Tigers, Mosquitoes, Tarpum Bay Primary School, and local businesses helped to prepare it for Sunday’s game.
Eleuthera has always been the capital of softball and baseball in The Bahamas and an important part of maintaining that status is helping the community to recover its field since the dormant days of the pandemic. The field is such an important part of Tarpum Bay and will get a lot of use from the Mosquitoes, Tigers, and the primary school. The Lighthouse Point team has been looking forward to getting down here and playing on the new field” said AB Bahamas Project Manager Alex Haley.
Two Lighthouse Point teams, the Blues and the Grays (a nod to their jersey colors) faced off in a friendly game, with the Grays coming out victorious by a score of 23-22. Then, the best players from the Lighthouse Point team joined forces to take on the Mosquitoes. Support from the stands leaned heavily towards the home team, who rallied several times to keep it a close one. However, it was the visiting Lighthouse Point All-Stars that managed to come away with the victory.
Community and teamwork were the themes of the day, with nearly 100 spectators coming down to watch. Lighthouse Point chefs prepared and served snacks, fruit, and cool drinks for everyone in attendance. Music from DJ Snow flowed through the entire afternoon.
We’re really proud of all the work that was done to get to today” said AB Bahamas’ Community Outreach Director Heather Engbretson. “So many people pitched in with their time and resources, for which AB Bahamas is grateful. We want this to be something that Tarpum Bay can enjoy for years to come.”
AB Bahamas would like to thank the following companies, organizations, and individuals for their contributions to the Tarpum Bay Ballfield:
- Michelle Pelecanos, Prestige Landscape
- Melinda Pelecanos
- Ian Carey, Buywise Hardware
- Ronald Carey, Tarpum Bay Local Government Chairman
- Douglas Culmer
- David Cartwright
- John Pinder
- Bishop Jeffery Knowles
- Big Mac Charter
- Quick Fix Construction
- Heavy Equipment Debris Removal
- Disney Cruise Line
- Bahamas Environmental Group
- Island Site Development
- Tarpum Bay Tigers and Tarpum Bay Mosquitoes, especially Coach Mike Dorsette Sr.