Local leaders gathered Wednesday to break ground on a multi-million dollar Youth Sports Complex located at Milwaukee Avenue and FM 1585.
The complex, set on 60-acres, is being built in two stages. Construction is beginning on the first phase which includes 12 softball fields, three Little League baseball fields, one Junior League baseball field, parking areas, restroom facilities, concession buildings and other needed infrastructure. Phase two of the master plan includes construction of more than 50 soccer fields and other improvements.
"The new complex not only addresses the growing demand of youth sports in our community, but also allows us to host more tournaments which will bring players and their families to our city as visitors," said Mayor David Miller. "These good people will stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores."
More than 2,000 children are enrolled in youth softball and Little League baseball in Lubbock.
"We do not have enough fields to meet the current demand and some of the fields do not meet tournament standards," said Randy Truesdell. "The new sports complex is a needed and welcomed addition."
Plans for the Youth Sports Complex have been in the works since 2004 when citizens approved a bond proposition for park improvements. A portion of the funds was allocated toward the construction of the sports complex. Construction of phase one is costing $12.7 million and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2008.
"Today is an important milestone that represents several years of work and planning by parents, community volunteers and city staff that will help build families and create life-long memories for them," said Miller.
But not everyone is satisfied with the project. That story, tonight on NewsChannel 11 at Six.
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