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BEACON BALLFIELDS – Of Mice and Man !

Of Mice and Man  !

Oct 27, 2016 · Paul Zwaska

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So your season is over and you are shutting down your fields and complex for the year. Don’t forget about your netting!

Many of you have net backstops, barrier netting to protect critical areas, batting cages and soft toss station netting, football, soccer and lacrosse end zone netting. If possible, retracting the netting for the off-season removes the stress from the poles and prevents inclement weather from damaging your nets. But just as dangerous in the late fall and winter is the possibility of mice and rabbits using pieces of your net for building their winter nests. Yes, it is time for that annual battle of mice and man.

There are several ways to help protect your nets from rodents during the offseason. If you remove the nets entirely from your system’s support structure, then purchase large enough hard plastic storage containers to fold and stow the nets in. Be sure these containers have tightly sealing lids so the little intruders can’t flip the top open just enough to enter. Don’t use cardboard boxes as these are easily breached by the rodents unless, of course, you have an aggressive pest control program in and around the area you store them.

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We have backstop nets at our little league facility that are mounted on top of a 10′ high chain link fence. When we lower those 15′ to 20′ high nets for the winter, we bundle and bungee those nets right on the top of the 10′ high chain link as you see in this picture. It is easier than fully dismantling the net system and when stowed on top, it is away from all rodents. In ten years we have yet to have any rodent damage to these nets.

For those who have netting systems that run to the ground but do not retract or can’t be removed from the structure, it would be wise to disconnect the net at the base and raise it up 3′ to 4′ to get it out of the reach of mice and rabbits. In fact, Beacon’s engineer and netting design experts never recommend constructing netting systems that come all the way to the ground. They strongly urge customers to keep their nets several feet off the ground out of reach of those chewing furry creatures. If they must go to the ground like barrier nets for soccer, football and lacrosse, make sure the nets are removable so they can be taken off after a game or practice. Or, make them hoistable so they can be raised from the bottom up several feet off the ground when not in use.

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As stated earlier, as a second layer of defense use rodent control bait stations both outside and inside your storage rooms where the nets are stored during the offseason. The more proactive you are at protecting your net investments, the more you decrease the threat of damage. Then, and only then, can we groundskeepers possibly declare victory over the mighty mouse.

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O’Fallon, IL. proposes 4 percent increase in hotel/motel tax For New Sportspark !

sports-equipment-12The city of O’Fallon, IL. is launching a new economic development initiative known as Destination O’Fallon.

Destination O’Fallon includes a number of projects and community-wide investments that city officials hope will attract visitors and businesses to O’Fallon. Two of the largest projects will include a state-of-the-art multi-sports complex in the O’Fallon Family Sports Park and a new multipurpose community plaza in the heart of the historic O’Fallon Downtown.

During Monday night’s Community Development committee meeting at City Hall in O’Fallon, Walter Denton, city administrator, said there was a full house with all supportive speakers and attendees offering comments.

“There was no one who spoke in opposition,” Denton said.

To help fund Destination O’Fallon, a 4 percent increase in the O’Fallon Hotel/Motel Tax is being considered. Currently, O’Fallon has the lowest hotel/motel tax in the region at just 5 percent, which brings in $815,000 annually.

Combined with the current percent rate and the proposed additional 4 percent, the hotel/motel tax revenue generated could total about $1.5 million.
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The projected cost of the entire venture is in the ballpark of $9.5 million, which will most likely change based on design later, Denton said.

Breaking that down, the staff believe the downtown plaza portion could cost in the range of around $1 million, and the Family Sports Park portion could possibly be between $7 million and $8.4 million.

“So our thought was since this is going to be attracting visitors we felt using our hotel/motel tax rather than making our residents foot the bill. So unless our residents stay in O’Fallon hotels, they will not be impacted by the hotel/motel tax increase proposal,” Denton said.

To pay for construction without taking big risks, Denton said the city has tentatively estimated that it could feasibly afford to take out a bond in the amount of about $9.5 million and make payments on that with just what the hotel/motel tax is bringing in now without the increase.

The O’Fallon Community Development Committee will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the O’Fallon Public Safety Facility, located at 285 N. Seven Hills Road to answer questions regarding Destination O’Fallon.

“Destination O’Fallon builds on the investment that is being made in our city by private businesses such as the St. Elizabeth’s, Visionary Wealth Advisors, Reliance Bank, Gander Mountain, McKendree Metro Rec Plex and many others over the last three years,” Mayor Gary Graham said in a news release. “In 2017, O’Fallon is poised to have an influx of over 250,000 visitors as the new hospital opens and more businesses begin construction.”

Destination O’Fallon seeks to increase the number of visitors and attract more businesses to O’Fallon.

Denton said the city is looking to host events that will draw visitors staying in hotels off Interstate 64.

“This way we could have those who may not even be aware of our downtown space to come, eat and shop and participate in community events, which would generate an increase in sales tax too,” Denton said.

Destination O’Fallon plans to transform an underutilized parking lot at the corner of First Street and Vine Street into a multipurpose gathering space and overflow parking area. It will create a plaza in the heart of the historic O’Fallon Downtown that can host farmers’ markets, parades, and seasonal festivals.

“Based on recommendations in the downtown plan and the priorities given from local merchants, we thought an all weather, year-round pavilion with the ability to pull doors down similar to a garage door would be ideal,” Denton said.

Currently, street closures and minimal assigned space for signature events are among concerns listed by local merchants, as well as booths or activities taking place directly in front of stores, and limited parking.

For more information about Destination O’Fallon, visit:  www.destinationofallon.org.

Pending the results of the Community Development Committee Meeting, the O’Fallon City Council will consider the first phase of Destination O’Fallon, on Nov. 7.

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Oct. 24, 2016       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP
We’ve heard many stories over the years about people using cat litter on a wet field when they run out of calcined clay products like Diamond Pro Drying Agent (being applied in the photo above).

Just because it looks like calcined clay and absorbs water, doesn’t mean that cat litter is a calcined clay. Although it is true that cat litter is produced from montmorillonite clay, just like the calcined clays made for sports field applications.

The difference is in the heating of the clay. Cat litter is only fired to around 500ºF, hot enough to make the clay extremely absorbent, but not hot enough to stabilize the particles of clay… Continue reading this story and remember to visit Ballfields.com for tips & articles…

Also see the “Rainfall Rescues” module at Groundskeeper University.

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Remove puddles quickly and easily with this sponge that is built to last through several seasons of use. It’s easy, and won’t disturb your topdressing — absorb puddles, squeeze out the puddle water in a grassy off-field area and then hang to dry. Sold as set of 3 sponges. Exclusive Beacon Puddle Sponge: use puddle10 during checkout (offer valid thru Oct. 30).

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A new interactive play space at Buncombe County Sports Park !

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Asheville N.C. – This week Buncombe County Recreation Services unveiled PlayPrints, an interactive addition for children and families to use at the outdoor play area at the Buncombe County Sports Park, in Asheville N.C.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) are installing PlayPrints across the state to inspire active play and support healthier communities in North Carolina.

PlayPrints uses stencils, created by Fit & Fun Playscapes, to create ground markings of colorful shapes, images and games painted on open pavement. The bright colors and interactive designs are meant to encourage residents to take part in more physical activity. At the Buncombe County Sports Park, families and children of all ages can be more active and imaginative outdoors with several additions to the open play space. Selected designs include a dolphin and robot hopscotch, 2 four square stations, and an area for multi-play circle games that are sure to get visitors moving.

“The addition of PlayPrints at the Sports Park are a great way to grow a healthier community, said Lynn Pegg, Program Coordinator. “Our park visitors now have a fun new way to use our outdoor space and participate in physical activity together.”

Buncombe County Sports Park currently has a walking trail, Disc Golf Course and a playground that is used by local visitors each day. Approximately 100 children who participate in local programs will enjoy this space afterschool. “The space will also provide additional opportunities for play for the numerous children who visit the existing playground at the park and those who are participating in existing programming such as soccer games.”

Adding PlayPrints will offer another feature for visitors use in a variety of physical activities.

“PlayPrints are a fun way to change an existing space into a gathering place that encourages healthy activity,” said Kathy Higgins, vice president of corporate affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. “We hope this new addition inspires children and families to take advantage of our public spaces across North Carolina to spend time outdoors together.”

Buncombe County is one of the 41 communities that received a grant to install PlayPrints. Over the next two years, PlayPrints will be popping up at open play spaces as part of BCBSNC’s Get Outside North Carolina! (GO NC!) program. Go NC! builds healthy and active lifestyles through the advancement of greenway systems, increased access to public bicycles and the overall promotion of outdoor physical activity.

“PlayPrints provide an exciting element that encourages citizens to move a little more while learning a new game or recalling a favorite childhood pastime,” said Michelle Wells, executive director at NCRPA.

For a complete list of PlayPrints recipients and to follow progress as PlayPrints are installed throughout the state visit NCRPA.net/PlayPrints or follow @NCRPA, @BCBSNC, @FitandFunPlay or #playprints on Twitter and Facebook.

PlayPrints uses stencils, created by Fit & Fun Playscapes, © 2011-2013 Fit and Fun Playscapes LLC. Fit & Fun Playscapes is a retailer of recess and playground game stencils designed to promote improved physical fitness and enrich socialization skills among children: fitandfunplayscapes.com.

About Buncombe County Recreation Services:
The mission of Buncombe County Recreation Services is to improve the quality of life within our community by providing high quality recreational facilities, opportunities for social interaction, and programming which encourages health and wellness through active lifestyles.

In addition to the care and management of our parks we are working to preserve the natural beauty and enhance our environmental resources through the development of greenways and the procurement of open spaces.

Through the addition of greenways and open spaces to the Buncombe County parks system we insure quality leisure experiences while providing new potential transportation options for generations to come.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities by providing innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.89 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. Since 1933, we have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. We have been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute every year since 2012. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association:
Founded in 1944, the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association (NCRPA) is the premier nonprofit education and advocacy organization, dedicated to the advancement of the park, recreation and leisure professions in our state. NCRPA empowers park and recreation professionals and citizen board members through educational opportunities that enhance their ability to change lives and impact communities on a daily basis for the citizens of North Carolina. For an overview of the programs and services offered by the organization, visit ncrpa.net.

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Are Waiver/Releases Worth the Paper on Which They’re Written ?

Commercial Insurance Expert, Risk Manager, Attorney, specializing in sports, recreation, tech.

As a sports insurance specialist and risk manager, I often wondered about the answer to this question myself because of all the contradictory information on this topic. To satisfy my curiosity, I interviewed claims managers from the two leading sports insurance providers in the U.S. After all, they actually settle and litigate hundreds of these cases every year. I also interviewed two attorneys who specialize in this area on behalf of their sports and recreation clients.

A waiver/release agreement has two primary protective purposes:

  1. Contractual exculpation, which uses contract law principles (waivers and releases are contracts) to excuse a sports organization for its simple negligence; and
  2. Providing real evidence of the sports organization’s warning of inherent and other risks thereby triggering the common-law assumption of risk (AOR) defense under tort law.

Excusing Negligence

A waiver/release is an exculpatory contract that attempts to excuse or relieve a party, for injuries to a participant that arise out of the known and unknown risks in an activity. This includes the inherent risks that arise from the sports organization’s ordinary negligence. Waiver/release documents are interpreted by the courts using contract law principles, which is why it is so important to have a well drafted waiver/release prepared for your sports organization.

A waiver/release will only by upheld if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The injury arises from risks stated in the waiver/release contract (here we will often see language of “known and unknown risks” and discussions of the inherent risks of an activity), or from the sports organization’s simple negligence.
  2. The waiver/release is properly drafted or worded according to the law in the state of the sports organization
  3. It does not violate any state laws or public policy.

If all of these conditions are met, the use of a waiver/release may result in the lawsuit being dismissed on summary judgment. Summary judgment is important because it concludes litigation early in the process, which can drastically reduce legal defense costs.

It is important to note that even if a summary judgment dismissal is achieved, the legal defense costs will still be too high for most sports organizations and related directors, officers, employees, or staff to pay out of pocket. For this reason, a waiver/release is never a substitute for purchasing General Liability insurance.

Excusing Negligence Under Contract Law

When the Injured Party is an Adult

The laws regarding adult waiver/releases vary from state to state. As far as adult injuries are concerned, waiver/releases can be very effective and may result in lawsuit dismissals in most states as long as the three above-listed conditions are satisfied.

There are a few states where the courts are not likely to uphold a waiver/release even if those three conditions are met.

When the Injured Party is a Minor

Laws regarding minor waiver/releases also vary from state to state. However minors are not legally competent, which means they aren’t seen as capable of entering into a binding contract such as a waiver/release. Therefore, the only way for a minor to be bound for purposes of contractually excusing negligence would be through a parent’s signature on the waiver/release. Even then, most states will not allow a parent to contractually waive their minor children’s right to sue for a sports-related injury.

This is a developing area of the law that is undergoing constant change. The same three conditions that apply for upholding adult waiver/releases also apply to parental waiver/releases. In addition, the language in the wavier/release will be scrutinized under the same degree of strictness as indicated under adult waiver/releases on a state-by-state basis.

A parental waiver/release may be upheld in a minority of states.

Assumption of Risk (AOR) as a Defense to Negligence

The second protective purpose of a waiver/release is to trigger the assumption of risk (AOR) defense under tort law. In other words, it’s to provide evidence that the sports organization gave adequate warnings of the risks so that an argument can be made that the participant assumed those risks.

In many states, assumption of risk has been merged into contributory negligence as a defense but the concepts are similar. In order to trigger the AOR defense to a negligence lawsuit, the waiver/release should contain the proper assumption of risk language. However, you can also demonstrate assumption of risk by having evidence (usually in the form of other witnesses) of other types of warnings such as signs, brochures, verbal instructions and safety briefings.

The waiver and release should specifically mention the types of risk that are assumed (known and unknown) and the worst case injury scenarios (permanent disability and death). It is also important to note that courts will often only apply the AOR defense to inherent risks of the activity. Inherent risks are those that the organization will simply not be able to control, regardless of their best efforts (ex: in baseball, being hit by a pitched ball).

With minors and the AOR defense, the minor must be capable of understanding the risks and must sign the assumption of risk portion of the waiver/release. Just like with adults, you can demonstrate assumption of risk by both the language in the waiver/release and by the verbal instructions or safety briefings given. Many courts have ruled that a 7-year-old child may be capable of understanding the inherent risks involved in an activity if adequately explained. It is also helpful if the parent signs a statement that they have explained the risks to the child.

A successful AOR defense may or may not result in a lawsuit being dismissed on summary judgment. If not, AOR defense can come into play much later in the legal proceedings when evidence is being introduced before a trier of fact. I am told by claims adjusters that the threat of this defense is probably worth a 35% reduction in damages or claims paid out in many cases. A 35% reduction is significant on a large case. As a result, waiver/release agreements are definitely worth the paper they are written on, even if they don’t result in the lawsuit being dismissed.

Pitfalls to Avoid In Waiver/Release Language

What constitutes a well-drafted waiver/release? Quite simply, it means that virtually every phrase in every sentence was specifically written to counter a court case that found a pitfall that resulted in the waiver/release not being enforced. The following are 10 common pitfalls that must be avoided in most states:

  • The wording must not be unclear or ambiguous. It must be worded in terms easily understandable by the common man. Legalese should be avoided.
  • The print or type must be large enough to be easily read – at least 10-point type.
  • Never commingle your waiver/release on the same page with another registration form. Many courts will strike a commingled waiver/release because it is not conspicuous.
  • Group style signatures where all participants sign underneath a single document are frowned upon by the courts. Remember, these waiver/release documents are contracts and they need to be treated with the seriousness of a contract. You need to be able to demonstrate that the participants who are signing these contracts understand them and are signing them voluntarily. If parents and players are waiting to sign the form, those ahead in line may feel rushed and not fully comprehend the rights they’re giving up. Or this is the argument their clever attorney will later use when they want to avoid or negate the waiver/release contract and sue your organization.
  • The first sentence should state “In consideration of being allowed to participate . . . .” A waiver/release is not a valid contract unless all parties receive consideration, which is a fancy way of saying something of value. The consideration received by the sports organization is the promise not to sue and the consideration received by the player/parent is the right to participate.
  • The waiver/release should warn of the full range of possible injuries including the key words “permanent disability or death”. This is an important part of the assumption of risk (AOR) defense.
  • All risks should be assumed, both known and unknown. The key word here is unknown. Some waivers get too specific and limit risks to games and practices and this may lead to the omission of important risks such as transportation and non-sports outings. This is also an important part of the assumption of risk defense.
  • The waiver/release should never attempt to disclaim responsibility for gross negligence or other outrageous conduct. It should disclaim responsibility for negligence.
  • The waiver/release should have a phrase releasing the organization from negligence to “the fullest extent permitted by law.” This magic phrase may allow a court to strike the phrases that are contrary to state law while leaving the rest of the waiver/release intact.
  • A new waiver/release should be signed before each registration period, even if one is on file from a previous registration period.

Custom Waiver/Release vs. Generic Template Waiver/Release

A court is much more likely to uphold or give weight to a custom waiver/release that has been drafted specifically for your activity and to meet the requirements or avoid the pitfalls of your state’s legislative or common law. A list of specialists for your consideration has been provided in the source section below.

Sadler Sports and Recreation strongly recommends a custom waiver/release, but we do provide a generic sample waiver/release inour online risk management library.

John Sadler

Sports Insurance Specialist

Sports Risk Manager

Licensed Attorney

Founder of National Sports Lawsuit Protection Association


Sources:

  • Information on state law status on waiver/release agreements provided by: Knutson & Associates and James H. Moss.
  • For advice on custom waiver/release agreements, contact James H. Moss and Doyice Cotton.
  • Information on state law status on waiver/release agreements provided by: Knutson & Associates www.traceyknutson.com
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As we prepare to shut down our operation at the end of the growing season at the little league complex where I volunteer, we also perform an annual inventory. This inventory is used to update our insurance coverage each year. As a manager, you want to protect all the investments your organization has made in the tools and equipment that you use to perform your job. If ever there is a fire, theft or act of nature, you need the ability to prove to insurers what you had on hand and how much it was worth based on the purchase price and age of the equipment. Over the course of a year new equipment & tools are added (purchased) while equipment is retired, so it’s important to update your inventory annually… Continue reading this story and remember to visit Ballfields.com for tips & articles…

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Fall Festivals abound in Southwest Riverside County !

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San Jacinto, CA – Fall is in the air and what goes better with cooler temperatures and shorter days than a good old-fashioned fall festival? There’s no shortage of festivals in Southwest Riverside County, so if you and your family are looking for some fun in the coming weeks, why not check out one of the following fall festivals?

The Hemet San Jacinto Harvest Festival on Harvard Street between Florida Avenue and Devonshire Avenue will be held Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has free admission. Activities include live entertainment, kid zone, carnival games, dunk tank, crafter’s corner, farmers market and pumpkin patch. Come dressed in your Halloween costume! Sponsored by the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (951) 658-3211.

Paws on the Promenade Spooktacular Dog Walk presented by Animal Friends of the Valley will be Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fundraising walk, treat bags, vendors, pet parade and costume contest and so much more. Information: Tiffani (951) 805-6239

The city of Lake Elsinore presents its Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Oct. 21, at the Lake Elsinore Community Center located at 310 W. Graham Avenue 5-8 p.m. Games, candy, crafts, vendors, costumes are encouraged. For more information, call (951) 674-3124 ext. 292.

The City of Wildomar will host its annual Trunk or Treat event at Marna O’Brien Park, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5-8 p.m. Marna O’Brien Park is located at 20505 Palomar Street in Wildomar. Come bring the whole family to this safe event for some treats.

Murrieta’s Fall Festival with carnival style games, vendors, food, candy and prizes will take place at California Oaks Sports Park Monday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. California Oaks Sports Park is located at 40600 California Oaks Road in Murrieta. For more information, visit www.murrieta.org/events.

Temecula’s Annual Halloween Carnival with games, costume contest, candy and prizes at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park, will be held Friday, Oct. 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss this treat-filled Temecula tradition. $5 wristband includes unlimited games, activities and prizes. Food vendors will be on hand so bring some cash and make an entire night out of the spooky fun!

Menifee Fall Festival will be held at Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park, located at 30362 Lone Pine Drive, Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2-9 p.m.

  Family friendly activities, food, craft vendors, costume contests, kids zone, live entertainment and more.
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Regional sports complex is a winner !

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Corpus Christi, TX – Do you know that sense of pride and excitement when your child makes a pivotal play during a sporting event? A perfect pass, a goal, or a home run that makes you rise to your feet and cheer for your child and team. Sports build strong, healthy kids, families and communities, and is why I am supporting a new proposed regional sports complex, planned for the city’s Southside.

As vice president of the Coastal Bend Youth Soccer Association and Santa Fe Soccer Club, I see day in and day out the positive impact sports have on our children. Youth sports build confidence, teach children how to be part of a team, how to manage success as well as adversity. We have more than 3,000 children, ages 6—18, enrolled in our fall soccer programs, and demand keeps growing. Yet our city has limited game-appropriate fields currently, and we have NO adequate facility to host tournaments, which is a major fundraising tool for most sports clubs.

Tournaments (fundraisers) provide local clubs the ability to generate revenue that is used for ongoing operational costs, but more importantly, allows clubs to provide scholarships to players who would not otherwise have the ability to play. These are local kids that local clubs are serving and supporting.

Our young athletes deserve access to professionally maintained fields and facilities. The new complex will have a variety of indoor and outdoor fields to play baseball, softball, kickball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse and sand volleyball. And have the amenities to make it worthy for out-of-town families to use and attend tournaments.

Partnerships are essential to make forward progress. The new complex by SQH Sports & Entertainment is a public/private partnership where the city provides a long-term lease on 68 acres of city-owned land on Crosstown Expressway, and SQH builds and operates the complex. No taxpayer money is used to build the sports park. The $18 million complex will be funded entirely by private investment. It takes the burden off the taxpayer and municipality, while allowing private companies to build and operate quality facilities that enhance the business landscape and quality of life for our residents.

This regional sports park will become a powerful economic driver for the city, and one our Convention & Visitors Bureau has endorsed. It is projected that the new sports complex will host more than 400,000 people yearly, and have an annual tourism economic impact of $21.5 million. Over the course of 10 years, the projected tax revenue the facility will generate is $18.8 million dollars. This complex becomes a sustainable economic venture for the city, while filling a much-needed niche.

Having coached for more than 10 years, and being a father of an athlete who plays varsity high school and premier level soccer, I have seen first-hand the value of investing in a top notch sports complex. It becomes a community asset. Not only will citizens and local sports teams use this facility, but it will attract sport tournaments of all kinds.

This sports complex will not be for “rich kids from out of town who participate in special tournament teams” as some have stated. This complex presents an opportunity for the hundreds of kids who travel each weekend from Corpus Christi to San Antonio, San Marcos, and beyond to play games the possibility to stay home, which they do not have right now. The ability to host first-class events in Corpus Christi that benefits all of our club players is an enticing thought indeed.

Tommy Lasorda, a Hall of Fame baseball player and manager, said, “In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
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Sports complex in OC’s Great Park to open early 2017, developers say !

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Orange County, FL – A sports park that could eventually be more than double the size of Disneyland is on track to open early next year in Orange County’s Great Park, developers said Tuesday.

FivePoint Communities said the first phase of the park will span 53 acres and include a 5,000-seat soccer stadium, along with 25 tennis courts, seven soccer fields, five volleyball courts and a playground. Future development plans bring the total size of the sports park to 175 acres.

But the sports park is just one piece of FivePoint’s 688-acre pie — which is just one half of the roughly 1,200 acres encompassed by the Great Park, which sits on a former military base.
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It’s been two years since the groundbreaking of the project, and FivePoint Communities’ CEO, Emile Haddad, said the whole project will likely be finished by 2018, with a total price tag of more than $250 million.

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Tuesday’s progress report was a way, Haddad said, to show the public positive things to look forward to in Great Park.

“The stigma that was associated with the Great Park was yesterday’s story, and today’s story is all about the exciting things that are happening,” Haddad told KPCC.

That stigma is the decade-long effort to turn what used to be a U.S. military base into a space aimed to rival New York’s Central Park. The effort drew criticism of mismanagement in 2014, after 12 years and $215 million were spent to develop just 230 acres of the roughly 1,200 acres.

“For years there’s been a lot of concern that this was not moving as quickly as a lot of people thought it should, but this is a very significant infrastructure project,” Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer told KPCC. “Today with the unveiling of the first phase of the sports complex, this was just a showcase of another success in a long line of successes in the development of the Great Park.”

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Plans for the remainder of the 175-acre sports park include a championship baseball and softball stadium, six other baseball fields, five other softball fields, six synthetic turf soccer fields, four basketball courts and 12 acres of turf flex fields for football, rugby or lacrosse.

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Other plans for FivePoint’s 688 acres include 75 acres of land for farming and agriculture, a golf course (that is still pending approval by the city) and 75 acres of landscaped recreational space for amenities like dog parks, Haddad told KPCC.
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“We invited people to see what actually has happened in two years because we committed at the time that we got the approval, that would finish the park in five years, whereas, in the past people thought it would take 30 years for the park to be built,” Haddad said.

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