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New Panama City Beach sports complex set to open on time !

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Hurricane Michael hasn’t stopped construction on Panama City Beach’s latest attraction.

Tourism leaders say they still plan to open the new sports park on its original launch date, the first week in July.

But there have been some setbacks, the rainy weather recently made the ground very wet and soggy, making it difficult for construction to continue.

So the Tourist Development Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to beef up some of the roadways in the complex.

Those roads will be completed soon making it easier for construction to finish and allow for maintenance and emergency vehicles to get into the park quickly.

Tourism officials say that adds a little bit more cost to the project, around $230,000.

But they say it’ll go to more than just the roads, it also helps to dry the property out. The issues with excess water the park is having now won’t be an issue when game time rolls around.

“It is a huge benefit for the community, tourism is our number one engine in Bay County and we’re gonna continue to make it that way, we’re gonna diversify the tourism economy and this is just one way to do it,” said Bay County Commissioner Philip “Griff” Griffitts.

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Madras Works to Develop Large Sports Complex !

Madras Works to Develop Large Sports Complex  !

MADRAS, OR — A new sports facility could bring dramatic changes to Madras. Jim Weyermann took over as Executive Director of the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District last fall. He’s now in talks with an anonymous donor to fund development of a massive sports complex. 

Weyermann tells KBND News, “The indoor facility is about 125,000 square feet, and then you’d add another 22,000 square feet for an Olympic-sized ice rink. And then there are some additional soccer fields, baseball, and softball fields that are being built, as well.” The facility would be built to accommodate tournaments for soccer, basketball, volleyball, and badminton, but it won’t just be for sports teams. “There’s a whole other layer of kids who don’t want to play in competitive leagues,” he says, “So, this model is about how do we make sure that there’s accessibility across the board.”

Weyermann says the facility is needed to improve overall health, “The primary purpose is for Madras to begin providing traditional recreational services to the local community.” He adds, “We battle with child obesity, we battle with nutrition, we battle with the right level of exercise and mental stimulation.” If the facility is planned and developed properly, he says it could also boost the economy, “We have to take responsibility for developing facilities and activities that redefine who we are in the minds of the people who live here.”

While he intends to develop the project without taxpayer dollars, Weyermann says getting the complex built doesn’t end the financial need, “We’ve been spending a lot of time on the business pro forma, the sustainability model, how that’s going to work and where we’re going to generate our revenues, and how we’re going to make sure that this thing operates profitably.” If funding comes through, Weyermann wants to start the design phase in February, and hopes to break ground in summer. He says, realistically, the project could be finished by late 2020.

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Hudson Sports Complex to Open Its Doors in January !

Fox1      The owners of the Fox Soccer Academy have officially announced the name and opening season of their newest location. The Hudson Sports Complex, formerly The Yard Sports Village in Warwick, NY will be open for business in January 2019. The exact grand opening date and details will be announced shortly.

      The indoor and outdoor sports and recreation complex, located at 122 State School Rd. in the former Orange County Mid-Correctional Facility, will provide such services as individual and group skills and strength training as well as space for team practices and games and tournaments for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and football.

      Owners Christian and Raluca Fuchs plan to focus on professional, quality training, bringing in athletes, trainers, and coaches from all over the world.

      “We are super excited to have this opportunity to get this up and running and are very much looking forward to what this brings. We have been looking for a long time, and it’s great that we found a property in Warwick,” said Christian Fuchs, English Premier League player for Leicester City, who, with his wife, owns several other Academy locations in New York and also Europe.

     “One of our main selling points is our connections to Europe in places such as Austria and the United Kingdom where we have great channels and great talents, and now, here in New York, the venues to provide quality training,” commented Fuchs, who has played over 412 games across the Bundesliga, Premier League and Champions League spanning over 14 seasons.

      He also captained and played 78 games for the Austrian National Team, which include UEFA Euros and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In 2016, Fuchs won the Premier League with Leicester City, as the starting Left-Back, according to the Fox Soccer Academy website.

      With world class quality at the forefront, the Hudson Sports Complex owners say that their priorities also include active community involvement and accessibility for boys and girls of all ages and levels.

      “We want to establish a feeling of community so everyone feels included, everyone has a pleasurable time, and everyone wants to come back. They should be a part of our family, not outsiders who just pay their fees and leave,” said Raluca.

    Fox Soccer Academy CEO Erik Stover adds that the company has made efforts to contract local folks to tackle such monster renovation projects as well as basic services like plumbing, heating, and painting.

      “Part of our job here is to support the community and bring a positive economic impact to the region,” he said of the more than 35 acre lot.

      Hudson Sports closed on the property, a bankruptcy sale, on Nov. 27.       Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton is optimistic about the newest addition to the Hudson Valley.

      “Having this facility, with the caliber of the new owners, will make this the premier sports/training facility on the East Coast. It will draw families who will spend time exploring our pristine valley with its many dining, shopping and agri-tourism opportunities which will have a positive effect on our local business. Our B&Bs will benefit and we may also now be able to attract a hotel or two,” said Sweeton.

      While the complex will primarily be centered around field sports such as soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse in the beginning stages of the business plan, the owners say they will expand to all sports and wellness activities such as CrossFit, Yoga, Spin, and Pilates, as well as developing an eSports hub.

      “We definitely have enough indoor and outdoor space, and we look forward to being the go-to place for sports and entertainment. The possibilities are endless,” said Raluca, who is both fascinated by the property’s history and inspired by its future.

      Supervisor Sweeton highlighted the historical aspects of the expansive site.

     “The location of the sports complex is in the center of this amazing 733 acre public/private space.  Its rich history as a school for troubled boys gives it a campus like feeling that as we develop we hope we can maintain. The sports complex which will attract youth from all over the regional area is a perfect fit that will bring families to our area, boosting our local economy,” Sweeton said.

      Fuchs was inspired to create Fox Soccer Academy when he was searching for a soccer training organization in the City. The high prices and unimpressive staff of many groups left the concerned athletic parent wanting. Fuchs opened the first Fox Soccer Academy in 2014.

      When he is not traveling, Christian Fuchs is a hands-on and present tour de force as he runs sports clinics and trainings at his Soccer Academy locations. He has residences in Pine Plains, NY and Manhattan with Raluca and their three children.

      “Christian started this company because of his son, and it is now continuing in the same tradition of family, quality, and professionalism,” said Stover, who, according to his employers, has been “an integral, invaluable, and knowledgeable player in this business venture.”

Stover has 24 years of experience managing large complexes like the Red Bull Arena and the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

      For more information about Hudson Valley Sports, visit their website: https://www.foxsoccer.academy/home.

Soccer Dome at Parma, NY sports park destroyed by wind !

 

A sports dome in Parma was leveled Tuesday morning by high winds.

Doug Miller, a soccer great who played for the Rochester Rhinos and Rochester Lancers, owns the facility.

The devastation comes just a few days before the Lancers, coached by Miller, take to the turf. They play this weekend at the Rochester Dome Arena in Henrietta.

Miller said it’s not clear how much the damage will cost.

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City proposes indoor field house as part of sprawling sports complex !

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque wants to build a sprawling sports complex, including a giant field house, so families don’t have to travel out of state for every big tournament.

“We are looking at indoor soccer, we are looking at basketball, volleyball, wrestling and many other sports that we can do indoors for the community,” City Councilor Ken Sanchez said.

Acquiring land, designing and constructing a new field house either next to the new baseball fields at the west side Regional Sports Complex or on Mesa del Sol is on the city’s long wishlist for the state legislature in January. 

In November, KRQE News 13 reported on the city and Bernalillo County’s combined study that identified the need for this kind of facility in Albuquerque.

“We’ve lost places for our recreational kids to play, we’re losing APS facilities there are fewer and fewer kids that can get on indoor courts,” Jim Tilley with the Bernalillo County Sports Commission explained.

“Hopefully, we can get $2 to $3 million for the first phase of this indoor complex,” Sanchez said.

The plans are not completely ironed out, but Sanchez added it could look like the field house in New Century, Kansas.

Renderings from Sanchez’s office show what could eventually be built around the field house, including a park with ponds, thousands of parking spaces, a couple dozen soccer fields and a cricket pitch.

The executive director of the Rio Rapids Soccer Club, Jason Moran, said it would also help fill a need for practice fields.

“We’re always scrapping and trying to find field space,” Moran added.

Sanchez said if the funding comes through on a city, county and state level, he would like to see construction start in the next two years.

The city is also asking for state funds to renovate little league fields around Albuquerque and for a gym at North Domingo Baca Community Center.

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East Hills, NY park to get indoor sports facility !

The Park at East Hills is where Mayor Michael Koblenz plans to build a new indoor sports complex. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
The Park at East Hills is where Mayor Michael Koblenz plans to build a new indoor sports complex. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Park at East Hills, NY will be getting a new indoor sports complex in the place of a run-down Air National Guard building that will be demolished in 2019, said Mayor Michael Koblenz.

The vacant building was formerly part of the Roslyn Air National Guard Base but is now hazardous and in total disrepair, Koblenz said. He plans to have it demolished before Memorial Day.

The sports facility could potentially host a variety of activities including basketball, volleyball and maybe even tennis and pickle ball, depending on available funding, the mayor said.

He said he also hopes to include party rooms and maybe relocate the village’s fitness center there.

“This would be an enhancement of the park so people could have it all year round,” Koblenz said.

The village completed the Park at East Hills in 2006, a $17 million project that developed a pool, tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds and dog park among other amenities for village residents.

It is on a 50-acre site that previously was an array of buildings making up the Air National Guard base.

The cost and timeline for a sports complex is undetermined, Koblenz said. He will have bids for the demolition in January and has interviewed some architects to potentially enlist to design the sports center.

“When I went to start building the park it was the same thing: ‘Well, how are you going to do it?’” Koblenz said. “And it’s done.”

The village also has plans to renovate the pool before it opens next summer.

It will be repainted before Memorial Day, Koblenz said. He hopes to upgrade the water park by that time as well.

“It’s old, it’s tired and there’s new gadgets for kids for the water that would be more exciting for them,” Koblenz said. “It’s time for a little change.”

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The time and effort necessary to train new staff each year can become overwhelming, and that’s exactly why we developed Groundskeeper University. GU is the perfect online tool for teaching summer help, volunteers, and new staff. Through videos, photos, audio, and written material your staff will learn the right way with the tried and true practices taught by Paul Zwaska.

Enjoy this by-groundskeepers-for-groundskeepers resource and, when you find a lesson or technique you know others will benefit from, be sure to share it with your colleagues on Facebook or Twitter !

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City Council sticks with concrete concession stand !

Fort Dodge, IA – Confusion over proposed building materials for a concession stand and an ensuing mayoral veto were resolved Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council.

The end result is that Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, will build a concrete concession stand at the north end of Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex at a cost of $230,000.

The council actually awarded that contract on Nov. 26.

At that meeting, the elected officials were presented with several options. The least expensive of those was said to be a metal-sided building.

Mayor Matt Bemrich said he later learned that the least expensive option would actually be made of a concrete board material with a finish similar to a poured, smooth concrete wall.

Because he wanted the decision to be based on accurate information, on Thursday Bemrich vetoed the resolution awarding the contract to Woodruff Construction for a concrete building.

“Some of the information was not 100 percent accurate,” he told the council Monday.

The council members stuck with their original decision, voting again to award the contract to Woodruff Construction for the $230,000 concrete building. Councilman Jeff Halter was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote.

The building is to be finished by July 1, 2019. It will replace a concession stand that was demolished this year.

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$4.5M sports complex to break ground in Northglenn, CO. !

The Courts Sports Complex is opening in Northglenn CO. next year. (Courtesy of The Courts Sports Complex)

Three parents in Denver’s northern suburbs have teamed up to build a $4.5 million sports complex, which is set to break ground this month.

The Courts Sports Complex, located at 11295 Washington St. in Northglenn, CO. will be a 32,000-square-foot facility with wood courts for volleyball, basketball and other sports. It’s expected to open in September 2019.

“Currently, in the north metro area, there’s no facility around, other than 48 miles north or 27 miles to the west,” co-founder Dean Teuber said, referencing the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood and Power 2 Play Sports in Windsor. “This community currently uses a lot of school gyms, and those are becoming fewer and harder to get access to.”

Teuber, who has lived in Thornton for 30 years and works for a medical device manufacturer, said he couldn’t help but notice the lack of gym access. He’s coached multiple soccer, football and basketball teams through the years. And his 16-year-old daughter plays basketball at Horizon High School.

Teuber said he and business partners John Wray Sr. and Christopher Porter started working on the idea for The Courts two years ago.

“It’s something that each of us individually have had in the back of our minds for years, as we have kids and grandkids in youth sports,” he said.

The three co-founders purchased 2 1/2 acres in March for $385,000. The Courts will have four regulation-sized basketball courts, a reception area, concession stand, trainer’s room and two-tiered bleachers running the length of each court.

The Courts will charge between $35 and $65 per hour for use of a court, depending on the time of day. Teuber said youth and adult sports teams will use the courts for practices and games, and the facility also will host its own tournaments.

The facility also will have 4,200 square feet of retail space, half of which already has been leased by Second Time Sports, a local used sports equipment company.

“By having a retail or commercial space, it provides a consistent source of income for the business,” Teuber said. “It’s a form of diversification.”

Integration Design Group designed the complex. Chamco Construction is the general contractor.

The Courts have received a $1.4 million SBA loan, according to public records. Teuber said he’s also working with the Adams County Small Business Development Center, First Bank of Colorado and Colorado Lending Source on various loan and funding efforts.

Teuber said he’s planning to hire 12 to 15 workers initially.

Other athletic complexes being built in the metro area are mostly tennis-related. Examples include the Randy Ross Tennis Center in Englewood, the Denver Tennis Park near Washington Park and the Parker Racquet Club.

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