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BEACON Athletics Weekly Updates / And Deals ! (Feb.’19)

February 2019

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A well-maintained ballfield has a smooth surface, both on grass and skinned areas. But in contrast stand the bases, protruding up from the smooth surface. One wrong step, one improper slide, and injury can occur. It is up to the groundskeeper to minimize that risk... Continue brushing up on base safety & care at our Groundskeeper University lesson, “107. Base Placement & Care“…
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Study predicts $15M in spending from proposed Windsor Locks sports complex !

Talks for sports complex called off

An artist’s rendering of the huge sports complex proposed for the 76-acre site in Windsor Locks shows two hotels, a stadium, and indoor space for 16 basketball courts, restaurants, and a movie theater.

WINDSOR LOCKS, CT. — An economic impact study commissioned by developer JABS Sports Management LLC says the company’s planned sports complex at the intersection of Route 20 and Interstate 91 would generate $15 million in local spending in its first year of operation.

That number, the study said, would grow to $27 million in five years.

The study, conducted by the consulting firm Sports Facilities Advisory, analyzed the number of people who would travel 90 minutes or more to Windsor Locks to use the facility, as well as how many would stay overnight in local hotels.

The sports complex is to include a 200,000-square-foot indoor facility with 15 basketball courts, 30 volleyball courts cross-lined over the basketball courts, offices, viewing areas, and concession stands.

A proposed 20-acre outdoor portion would have eight multipurpose synthetic turf fields and a multipurpose grass field with seating for 5,000.

First Selectman Christopher Kervick has said the complex, which would host sports games for traveling student athletes and their families, would allow the town to cash in on a growing industry of “sports tourism.”

According to the economic impact study, a person traveling to Windsor Locks to visit the sports complex will spend an average of $113 per day, with the most significant spending items being lodging and dining or groceries.

In the facility’s first year of operation, Sports Facilities Advisory expects nearly 33,000 additional “room nights” to be booked in hotels, but that number is expected to grow to nearly 58,000 by year five.

“For a community of nine square miles and 12,500 people, that is a tremendous economic impact,” Andrew Borgia, principal of JABS Sports Management, said in a statement.

Kervick said the results are “in line with the actual results that are being experienced by other communities around the country that have invested in similar facilities, and (the study) makes a compelling argument for entering into a public-private partnership with the developer to secure this opportunity for our town.”

Kervick has said the project hinges on approval of the creation of a tax-increment financing district by a town meeting vote. Under such a district, the town would subsidize the project’s development using property tax revenue generated by the project itself.

If voters approve, the town will grant “a substantial rebate in annual property taxes, but we still realize a tremendous increase in tax revenue compared to what we currently receive on the property,” Kervick said.

Alternative uses for the property still would not generate such significant revenue, he said.

As the sports complex plans progress and the developer pursues various town approvals, Kervick has been pushing for state legislation that would allow towns to keep a portion of the revenue generated by state hotel room occupancy taxes.

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New sports complex opens in Columbus, GA. !

COLUMBUS, GA – On Saturday, athletes from across the city gathered as owners held a grand opening for the new Columbus Sports and Training Complex.

The new 12,000 sq. ft. facility will offer a variety of sports programs and workshops for area youths.

Along with sports classes they will also offer weight training, conditioning, and aerobics.

The new building features a universal sports court, indoor turf, batting cages, aerobics rooms, and more.

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Visalia enters final inning of sports complex !

City Council breaks ground on fifth and final phase of Riverway Sports Park to add a softball complex, lights to soccer fields, new picnic arbor and more parking !

VISALIA – With a cap in hand, standing in the middle of a dirt lot, Mayor Bob Link told the crowd at the Riverway Sports Park, “Let’s play ball!”

Before too long, that’s exactly what will be happening at Riverway Sports Park as Link’s comments came during a Jan. 23 groundbreaking ceremony for the fifth and final phase of the city’s sports complex at the corner of Giddings Street and Shannon Parkway.

“Visalia has softball and baseball in our blood, and I know the love of the game firsthand from my days as a batboy with our professional ball club and my days cheering on my daughters in softball,” shared Mayor Bob Link. “It’s that same energy that I feel here today as we get ready to break ground.”

The Visalia City Council was joined by the Parks & Recreation Commission, representatives from the office of Senator Shannon Grove, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, the Visalia Unified School District and local sports organizations, broke ground on the newest addition to Riverway Sports Park.

Phase V of the Riverway Sports Park will add a four-field softball stadium, install lights to the northern soccer fields, add a new picnic arbor and more parking.

Phase V will develop the remaining 18 acres of the 84-acres sports complex and will include:

• Four-field softball complex that will be designed to match the existing CR Shannon Baseball Complex with a restroom and concession facility.

• The addition of LED lights to the five soccer fields on the north side of the park.

• A new well which will not only support the new softball complex, but will also irrigate the CR Shannon Baseball Complex and some of the common, landscaped areas of the Park.

• A Musco Controller to control the athletic field lights, interior park lighting and electrical outlets.

• A new picnic arbor.

• A central parking lot, which will be constructed adjacent to the park’s special event area and will contain 123 parking stalls.

With construction starting now, crews will begin the transformation.

“I look forward to welcoming everyone back here to this same spot to celebrate the grand opening of this new phase in 2020,” added Link.

Fred Lampe, project engineer, said Phase V will cost a total of $12.8 million from design to completion. The bids for construction of Phase V were 28% over the city engineer’s estimate. The low bidder was Forcum/mackey Construction in Ivanhoe with an overall bid of $9.1 million for four softball fields with lighting, a concession/restroom facility and landscaping as well as a timed controllers for the lights, a parking lot, picnic structure, and adding lights to the soccer fields on the north side of the sports park.

The Riverway Sports Park Master Plan began in 2001 and Phase I of the project opened 46 acres to the public on Aug. 25, 2007. Phase I included 10 regulation size soccer fields (three were lighted); three large group sheltered picnic areas; two restroom/concession facilities; two playgrounds; one water feature; parking improvements; and a host of other general park amenities. Phase II of the park, roughly 12 acres, opened to the public in the summer of 2010. This phase featured a four field lighted baseball complex that continues to accommodate local, regional, state and national tournament play. The second phase of development also included a large restroom/concession facility; the lighting of two more soccer fields from the phase I project (giving the complex five lighted soccer fields); a BMX complex, new landscaping of shrubs and trees; expanded parking with a new improved parking lot and additional roadway improvements.

The city completed Phase III of the project in 2011 in order for the city to play host to the Cal Ripken World Series, which saw crowds of more than 6,000-people for the championship game. Phase IV of the park opened in November 2013 and included the development of 6 acres located in the central part of the park. These improvements included a new promenade area (financed by the COS Porter Foundation); a large new turf area; a new covered group picnic shelter; a new children’s playground; more shrubs and trees; and additional restrooms. Phase IV also included the repurposing of the former BMX area (1.8 acres) into a turfed area designed to accommodate more youth baseball and soccer play. The renovation of this area was partially financed by a contribution from Saputo Foods.

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It’s Never To Late To Save Your Program Money !
Check Out Our Insurance Program Today !

* ( 16 Different Amateur Sports ) *

1-800-622-7370

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