WATCH: Opposition says popular baseball field could have been saved

The opposition at Montreal City Hall accuses the Plante administration of doing little to save a popular softball field in Jeanne Mance Park.

A baseball diamond in the park's north field was ripped up over security concerns that people could be injured by a stray ball, but Ensemble Montreal tells CTV that a report the city commissioned last year shows fencing and protective mesh could have made the field safer for pedestrians.

“It clearly indicates a desire on behalf of the Projet Montreal administration to get rid of the baseball field,” interim leader Lionel Perez tells CTV Montreal.

“The second they had some pretext…to claim security issues, they were ready to toss it aside,” he says.

The city says public consultations will be held soon on the future of the park.

With files from CTV Montreal