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Fight to save north softball field at Jeanne-Mance Park heads to court

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Jeanne Mance softball community ups the ante on fight to save baseball field
WATCH: The fight for softball at a beloved field in Jeanne-Mance Park has taken a slide into the courtroom. Community members say they feel legal action was the only solution. Billy Shields reports – Aug 15, 2018

A lawsuit has been filed in Quebec Superior Court seeking to reverse the city of Montreal’s decision to dismantle the softball field in Jeanne-Mance Park in the heart of the Plateau.

“We’ve been coming up against walls,” one of the plaintiffs, Marisa Berry-Mendez, told Global News Wednesday. “We keep hearing the same talking points from the city, and we find they don’t hold water.”

The complainants allege that the city eliminated the field over safety concerns along Mount Royal Avenue and Esplanade, but that those concerns were exaggerated.

WATCH BELOW: Montreal’s softball community upping the ante on fight to save baseball field

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Montreal’s softball community upping the ante on fight to save baseball field

They told Global News it now isn’t clear why the field was demolished.

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“The sad thing is the city doesn’t provide any information. It doesn’t clarify why they did this in the first place,” said Marie-Claude Lacerte, another complainant who plays catcher in a local softball league.

For Lacerte, a quick, cheap fix would be perfectly suitable. “We’re not asking for millions in investment in a softball field,” she said. “We’re just looking for a place to play.”

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