Should it be called Santo Domingo Baseball Park? Or just Caledonia Park?
Well, a growing numbers of people in Toronto who play baseball and take part in other community activities in Caledonia Park, want to rename it ” Santo Domingo Baseball Park.”
Community activist Luis Feliz Cambumbo who hails from the Dominican Republic and like so many of his countrymen, is an avid baseball fan, is pushing for the name change.
Feliz told the Caribbean Camera that he has already spoken to Toronto Mayor John Tory about ” the new name for the old park.”
As he explained, Caledonia Park is already the “unofficial baseball home” of that community around the park where one can see the sport being played by people of all ages.
Feliz recalled that when he came to Canada in 1990, there were only a few hundred people from the Dominican Republic in Toronto and his native country “was not well known by many fellow Torontonians.
“Today, thousands of us have made Toronto our home and our country is now better known because of our outstanding baseball players.”
He said that so far he has not met anyone opposed to the name change
Now a committee is being organized to make a formal application to (Toronto ) City Council for the renaming of the park.
Feliz, Jose Cid, Aurelio Bonilla and Rey Perez Nani are the key leaders of the Park Renaming Committee who volunteer their time and resources with many other Dominicans in developing baseball in Toronto.
Feliz noted that the committee has been having discussions with Ken Jeffers, a retired Manager with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, about the name change.
He said that the Toronto Blue Jays and their farm teams have always had a “significant amount “ of Dominican players who have “demonstrated great affection and love for the city of Toronto.
” And since there are no monuments at this time that recognize the proud contributions that the Dominican community has made to the city, this recognition – the name change – would be greatly appreciated.”
Commenting on the proposed name change, Alfredo Griffin, a former Blue Jays player, said that it was “a good idea.”
Speaking on his cell phone from the Dominican Republic, Griffin , now a coach with the Los Angeles Angels, told the Caribbean Camera that he is looking forward to visiting the Park when the new name becomes official
The Park Renaming Committee is calling for the support and endorsement of all sectors of the community, private and public, and the Blue Jays for the name change.