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Planned Sportspark receives $300,000 in grant funding !


EDWARDSVILLE — The Metro East Park and Recreational District has designated $300,000 to be used for the city’s new sports park, city officials announced recently.

The grant will be applied toward land acquisition that will total 70 acres of land located on Goshen Road east of Ridgeview Road and near the I-55 corridor. The new sports complex, named Plummer Family Park, is being developed to accommodate a growing demand in the region for recreational space.

   The land where the park will be developed previously belonged to to Plummer Companies. The city acquired it late last year from R.P. Lumber founder Robert Plummer, who donated six acres of land worth $246,000. He also agreed to swap 32 acres of the property for 16 acres the city owned on Governors’ Parkway. The city will acquire the remaining 32 acres for the park over the next three years at a rate of $41,000 per acre.

Plummer Family Park is one of three parks in the Better Place to Play Campaign. The campaign was developed to raise money and awareness for area parks projects to include an ice rink and teen center as well as a splash pad at the Leon Corlew Park, located at Main and Schwarz streets near downtown Edwardsville.

   The sports park will provide multiple fields for baseball, softball and soccer. Tennis and pickleball courts, an ADA-compliant field, as well as concessions and restrooms will also be built at the future park.


The MEPRD was formed in November 2000 and is responsible for the development of trails and trail facilities in Madison County and St. Clair County. The district awards grants to successful applicants under their Park and Trail Grant Matching Program. The district serves over half a million residents with a mission to develop, operate and maintain the public trails and parks throughout the counties in the district.

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May 23, 2016        |         |


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Hundreds attend reopening of El Paso County Sportspark after years of delays !

EL PASO, Texas – After years of delay, the entire El Paso County Sportspark is open to the public. County commissioners held a grand re-opening Saturday to show the public what its new sports facility has to offer.
Multi_sports_complex_1“It started 2012, and here we are, 2016,” said Precinct 1 County Commissioner Carlos Leon.

The project has been in the works longer than Leon has been in office. But with legal disputes and construction delays all in the past, the public finally got to experience the Sportspark renovations first-hand.

“It’s been a while, to be honest,” said Isaac Vega while waiting for the ribbon cutting.

Vega has been bringing his son to the Sportspark since he was 4 years-old. That boy is now 7 years-old, and the family is excited to see what the new space has to offer.

“The new concessions, the whole new fields,” Vega said. “I heard that there’s going to be kind of a new sports store as well. That’s going to be pretty exciting there.”

The pro shop was in partial operation for the opening, with Dick’s Sporting Goods giving it a trial run before committing fully. The restaurant and concessions were fully up and running, serving up ballpark favorites like hot dogs and in addition to healthful options such as salads, fruit, and hard-boiled eggs.

Local band Fungi Mungle provided the entertainment.

Girl’s fast-pitch exhibition games gave an idea of what the action will be like in the near future. Leon said there’s already demand for more.

“(Teams are) already calling us,” Leon said. “I mean people are – we’re not going to have a problem drawing people to our park.”

And as for what people think about what they’ve gotten for the wait?

“Looks like they did a good job,” Vega said.

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Take a look at Glenmore’s new sports park ! (Canada)

Take a look at Glenmore’s new sports park !

Park plan

Park plan

 The plan for Phase 1 of Glenmore Recreation Park includes two playing fields, landscaping and site preparation for future amenities such as a field house, a children’s water park, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball courts, an activity centre and a skate park.

   Plans for the first phase of the proposed Glenmore Recreation Park will be available for public viewing next Wednesday, May 25.

   The City of Kelowna, BC (Canada)  will host an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Abbey Church, 228 Valley Rd.

   City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the park, as well as about a roundabout planned for the intersections of Valley, Cross and Longhill roads.

   The first phase of the park, to be located at Longhill and Valley roads, will feature two large grass sports fields.

   Construction is slated to begin in 2017.

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Amesbury, MA. Sportspark reborn again !

A year into new management, Amesbury site looks to bright future !

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May 16, 2016        |         |


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Food and beverage honcho at Edmonton’s new Rogers Place arena relishes boss’s challenge !

For starters, the boss wants a great hot dog.


  Bob Nicholson never had a hot dog in the old Edmonton Gardens, which your correspondent contends led all leagues, but the former head of Hockey Canada consumed an inordinate number of the “chien chaud” in the old Montreal Forum.

  “Those hot dogs in Montreal are still the best I’ve ever had. I like that challenge, to make sure the hot dogs and the hamburgers are as good as the old Montreal Forum,” said Nicholson.

  Until hearing about that pronouncement, Eric Bayne, the GM of food and beverage at Rogers Place may have figured his challenge here in his area was minimal. All he had to do was improve on the historically underwhelming concessions offered in Rexall Place.

  But he accepts the challenge.

“I can tell you that we recognize the importance of the hot dog just as much as Bob and you do,” said Bayne.

  “The hot dogs probably always will be the best-selling item in stadiums and arenas. We realize the importance of doing our staple items well and that means serving a hot dog that’s hot and flavourful as well as making sure the cold beer is cold.”

  Nicholson said he wants food and beverage to be a big part of the guest experience at events in the building when it opens.

  “We are going to make sure that the food in Roger’s Place is at a totally different level than we’ve seen in this city before,” he pronounced.

  “In all areas we want to make sure that the food is of a better quality than when they go into restaurants.

“That’s going to be a tall order but it’s one that we’re going to go after. We’re going to make sure that the VIP areas have high-end food that will be different than they’ve seen in a stadium before.”

  The man Nicholson hired to build a better hot dog, etc. is also a man not lacking in experience in the business.


  Bayne hs been in the business since 1988.

“My first arena was almost 30 years ago, when the Miami Heat got the franchise, I opened first from Miami Arena and I have been working in stadiums and arenas my entire professional career.”

  He comes to Edmonton from American Airlines Center with the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks for the past four years.

  “I’ve done six Super Bowls, eight World Series, five NHL All-Star Games, four NBA All-Star games and one of my biggest memories, the 1994 Woodstock Concert where we fed close to 600,000 people in a matter of three days. That was quite the experience. It rained for three days.”


  So why come here at this stage of his career ?

  “If there’s one thing that really gets my adrenalin going, it’s a project like this,” said Bayne.

  “To be a part of something where we’re going to set the bar as high as we will set it here and to be a part of something this exciting, I jumped at the opportunity in a heartbeat.”

  There will be no lack of concession options for fans when the building opens in September.

  The Mezzanine Club includes three permanent large concessions with multiple offerings and three bars. The main concourse will feature four permanent large concessions, nine portables and five bars. On the suite level there is private dining in the suites while on the loge level there’s in-seat service to tables and ledge seating as well as two concessions and three bars. There’s also a loge restaurant open for ticketed guests that can be reserved in advance. The upper concourse features four permanent large concessions, six portables and two bars.

  That’s 13 permanent large concessions, 12 permanent large bars, 16 portables, the Loge Restaurant adding up to over 40 separate food and beverage locations in Rogers Place.

  If you’ve been to a variety of arenas in North America, including the one the Oilers said farewell to in April, one of the biggest complaints often is the lack of space in the concourses. Rogers Place is expected to get rave reviews for the abundance of social space.

  “We’re going to have everything you could possibly imagine. I believe there will be something for everyone at every level of the arena,” said Bayne of his team that would fill both the Oilers and Oil Kings dressing rooms.

  “We will have upwards of 60 culinary team members from our executive chef to our sous chef to our chef de cuisines to our premium chefs to our concession chefs.

  “I will say the Roger’s Place dining experience will be unmatched.”


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May 9, 2016        |     |


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Pella Sports Park Grand Opening Scheduled Tonight !

Pella Sports Park Grand Opening Scheduled Tonight !

Pella Sports Park 2016

The Pella Sports Park will open in grand fashion tonight.

Fields for Our Future and the City of Pella, TN. are holding special ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. at the recently completed complex.

Board members from Fields of Our Future, city officials, and more will speak about the new baseball and softball fields.

Free concessions and memorabilia will be provided as well, with many local businesses joining the celebration. The evening will be capped off with little league games. 

The brand new sporting facility is located on Oskaloosa Street northeast of Pella Christian High School. 

The Opening Ceremony schedule:
5:00pm – Park opens
5:30pm – Opening Ceremony begins with selected speakers:
- Fields For Our Future
- Pella Community Character Counts
- Vision Iowa
- Pella Corporation (Rolscreen Foundation; Kuyper Foundation)
- Vermeer Corporation (Vermeer Charitable Foundation)
- City of Pella
Immediately Following – National Anthem and Opening Pitches
Immediately Following – Little League games on all fields (approximately 6:15)


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