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Photos: 'Fun-boree' 2023 a big hit for Coquitlam minor softball

Why was Coquitlam's Mundy Park packed with young Metro Vancouver athletes for a series of softball-themed activities?

A closer home-run fence motivated more than a dozen Metro Vancouver softball teams to try to clobber the ball and earn the colourful cape for their club.

The task was one of many fun activities the Coquitlam Minor Softball Association created for its second annual "Fun-boree" event at Mundy Park on Saturday and Sunday (May 27-28).

Organizer Amber Murray told the Tri-City News the demographic of local softball is changing.

And it might be hard for many families to support or decide if they want to get their kids involved.

She said the "Fun-boree" hopes to provide some encouragement in that the game can be enjoyable for all ages, especially for older elementary-school kids looking for community or physical activity.

"Many feel intimidated by the sport, so this helps ease the kids and help them understand the game," Murray explained, noting the athletes that attended for aged eight to 11.

But the good news, Murray said, is that half of the nearly 20 teams that came to Mundy Park this weekend were new in addition to returning rosters.

Coquitlam hosted several organizations from across the Lower Mainland, including the Port Coquitlam-based Tri-City Titans, New West, Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver and the North Shore.

The "Fun-boree" took place roughly a month after officially opening the 2023 season with a celebration that included Mayor Richard Stewart.

For more information, or to possibly get involved with a team, you can visit the Coquitlam Minor Softball Association's website.