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$10 Million Sports Complex coming to Powder Springs, GA. 2020 !

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — A groundbreaking was held for a $10 million sports complex in Powder Springs on Tuesday.

The Westside Woods Sports Complex will focus on soccer and other activities in August 2020 along Hill Road, just off Highway 278. The complex spans about 22 acres, and features of an indoor soccer field, offices, concession area, bar, retail spaces and conference rooms.

The outdoor development will include three full-size turf soccer fields with lights and two futsal courts that could also be used as a pickleball court. Additional niceties that are being looked into range from a fitness center to a physical therapy provider.

What a special day in @powdersprings01 as we officially broke ground on Westside Woods Sports Complex, a 22 acre soccer mixed- use complex that will attract athletes from all over the world upon completion.

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“Today, our excitement reaches a new height as we celebrate the groundbreaking of Westside Woods Sports Complex,” city officials said during Thursday’s event. “It puts us on the map for world-class soccer year round, esports tournaments and events.”

City officials touted the site’s location along major transit routes and its proximity to metro area entertainment venues and business centers.

“This $10 million landmark opens the door for investment and development along the C.H. James Parkway corridor,” they continued. “The Westside Woods Sports Complex is truly a win-win partnership, progressing and preserving our community character.”

David and Laurie van Gelder, who have lived in Powder Springs for 17 years, are two of the leaders behind the project. Laurie is the owner and CEO of Westside Woods and David is the chief financial officer.

“Our kids are 15 and 11, so they’re pretty rooted in the community. Our youngest plays soccer, and we just found that this would be a great need for a lot of people in the community,” Laurie van Gelder said. “There’s always need for any kind of sports — youth sports, adult sports, anything — and we know that looking around with the weather turning, (we’re) always trying to find places to play.”

Those involved in soccer and other sports are also looking for other amenities, David van Gelder said, adding that visitors will be able to enjoy a walking trail while their children play on the sports site, but also “grab a quick bite to eat, or grab a beer, if that’s what you’re interested in.”

Soccer will play a big part in Westside Woods Complex; other sports, events, and outside groups will also be welcomed.

“We just want to be part of the community. I think part of David and Laurie’s reason for doing this is they want to help contribute to a healthy community — it’s not just about soccer or sports,” city representatives said. “We want to have an experience where the whole family can be involved — little kids, grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, and be happy in that space.”

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Proposed bill would increase penalties for people who attack sports officials in New York !

Long Overdue in New York !
Thanks NY Senator Rich Funke !

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Rochester, NY – October 2019

Funke announces legislation to protect sports officials !

                             Assaults of officials to blame for national shortage

Senator Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport) was joined by District Attorney Sandra Doorley along with local and statewide advocates in announcing the introduction of legislation to create an enhanced penalty for individuals who assault a sports official. The Bill (S6747) would add officials to a list of professions who already receive protections under the law. Causing a physical injury to an official would become a Class D Felony (carrying a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison) and striking, kicking or shoving an official would become a Class B Misdemeanor (carrying a maximum sentence of 3 months in prison).  

Senator Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport) said, “A recent survey of sports officials shows that 13% have been assaulted and 47% have feared for their safety. As someone who spent decades covering sports, it saddens me that disrespect and violence toward officials is being tolerated in our state. Worse still, this bad behavior by a small group of players and fans has led to a shortage of qualified officials that could threaten the ability of our young people to learn the value of competition and good sportsmanship in the future. “

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said, “I am honored to join Senator Rich Funke in announcing legislation targeted toward those who assault a sports official. Members of our community should not have to fear for their safety when going to work or their hobbies. Our hope is that the introduction of this legislation will decrease the likelihood of crime against sports officials. I urge the New York State Legislature to support this effort to help promote the safety of family and community sporting events”

Referee Peter McCabe in 2009 Rochester, NY

Dr. Robert Zayas, Executive Director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association said, The New York State Public High School Athletic Association fully supports Senator Funke’s proposed legislation to protect officials. We want our officials to know they are working in a safe environment and fans will be held responsible for unacceptable behavior.  Without dedicated officials, interscholastic sports in New York would not exist.”

Pete McCabe, sports official and victim of a 2009 assault said, “This bill is a long time coming and needs to pass in New York State.  Many states have this in place and many thanks to Senator Funke for proposing this legislation. In 2009, I was attacked after a football game and almost died from my injuries. In the last few weeks alone, we have had several officials threatened in parking lots of schools and many ejections of participants in sub varsity and youth football games.  There has to be a law in place to stop the actions of people around sporting events. There are many examples nationwide of this and sooner than later an official in this area will be hurt again, or even killed.  This law has to pass and I thank Senator Funke for proposing it.”

Dale Trott, Rochester District Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Rochester said, “We applaud Senator Funke’s efforts to address one of the key issues facing every high school sports official in the state. Our officials work tirelessly to learn and apply the rules of the game appropriately while serving as ambassadors of the sport. Our support will always lie in working with our partners to encourage greater protection of our boys’ basketball officials and the growth of officiating.”

The Senate and Assembly are due to return to session on January 8th and could take up this legislation as soon as that week. Senator Funke is calling for immediate action. “I urge the Governor and the majorities in both houses to support this effort and help me pass this important legislation as soon as possible,” said Senator Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport). “Last session we saw swift but ill-conceived action in Albany to make things easier on criminals. This session we ought to begin with this common sense proposal to protect our officials and punish those who seek to assault or intimidate them.”

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Brothers hope to build $12M sports complex in Town of Wallkill, NY !

TOWN OF WALLKILL, NY — The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years to make it to the promised land, stacking 12 rocks, per God’s command, to celebrate God’s parting of the Jordan River to allow their entrance.

Brothers Greg and Mark Jaloszynski of 12th Rock Ministries hope they’ll get to stack 12 stones in the future 12th Rock Sports Complex’s lobby a mere (by comparison) 24 years after Greg Jaloszynski envisioned the complex.

Greg Jaloszynski, 45, first imagined an indoor sports complex – a safe space where youth can learn the value of hard work and integrity – when he graduated from Eastern Nazarene College 22 years ago in 1997.

Now, he and Mark hope they’re just two more years from opening a $12 million, 115,000-square-foot facility, with an indoor track, and basketball and volleyball courts, on 14 acres in the Town of Wallkill behind Middletown’s Maple Hill Elementary School.

Their goal, contingent on fundraising, is to break ground in spring 2020 and open in fall 2021. Already, the Jaloszynskis have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy and improve their Town of Wallkill site, which hosts high school and college track and field athletes and archers.

They agreed to buy the property in October 2015, and closed on the sale in July 2017, following Town of Wallkill planning board approval for their plan. So, can the Pine Bush graduates now raise millions more to build an indoor facility on the former dairy farm?

“I have supreme confidence they’re going to get it done,” said Bill Fioravanti, Orange County’s economic development director. “The Jaloszynski family has a long history of serving, and of having a commitment to the local community and to a higher power.”

The Jaloszynskis’ father, Rev. Leo Jaloszynski, was well-known for community service, long leading Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church before retiring to North Carolina. (Greg is part-time pastor at Grace Community Church, which has several local locations.)

Until eight years ago, Greg, of Middletown, and Mark Jaloszynski, 42, of Bloomingburg, were landscape designers and builders. But they pivoted in 2011, founding 12th Rock Ministries, a Middletown nonprofit that partners with local schools, community organizations and churches to offer sports programs.

“This (12th Rock complex) is being built for the next generation because the next generation needs to learn about faith and character and integrity, and we’re using sports to do that,” Greg Jaloszynski said.

Fioravanti said the project has big potential in the “burgeoning sector” of athletic instruction and training. He thinks 12th Rock’s facility, the Hudson Sports Complex in Warwick, which is undergoing $80 million in upgrades, and another proposed Town of Wallkill sports complex will serve different constituencies.

Hudson Sports Complex already hosts several sports, but it specializes in soccer instruction, and its owners, Christian Fuchs and Raluca Gold-Fuchs, want to eventually host a European professional club’s training camp.

Across the Town of Wallkill at the Blue Sky Polo Club grounds on Bart Bull Road, a group of developers, including Fred Dana of Dana Distributors, Charles Elmes Jr. and Joseph Belsito, have proposed the Blue Sky Sports Complex. That $2.1 million project could have a baseball emphasis, Fioravanti said.

The planned 12th Rock complex is designed for a 200-meter indoor track with eight sprint lanes; multiple areas for throwing and jumping; seating for 1,200; and four collegiate-size basketball courts that can be modified to accommodate eight volleyball courts. A mezzanine level would include film and fitness rooms and space for offices and classrooms.

The mid-Hudson badly needs that sort of indoor track, said former Manhattan College head track coach Dan Mecca, a Village of Florida resident, who currently coaches for Team USA and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Currently, 34 schools with indoor track programs in New York’s Section 9 – which includes Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, plus part of Dutchess County – rely on West Point for an indoor track.

“At first, I thought this was a dream,” said Mecca of the 12th Rock project. Given how far the Jaloszynskis have come, “Now, I think it’s something that’s feasible. It’s one of the best things that could happen to the area, from helping high school kids to senior citizens with a Silver Sneakers program.”

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Bayou Country, LA. Sports Park is finally open !

The long-awaited Bayou Country, LA. Sports Park is now open, though many aspects of the grand scheme are incomplete.

Terrebonne Parish and Recreation District 2-3, which oversees the park, held an opening ceremony for the first completed phase of the park Thursday night. Board members are encouraging the public to come out and see the park for themselves.

Five baseball/softball fields are now open, with full lighting, restrooms and a concession stand.

The second baseball and softball pod is expected to open for daytime use by the end of the year, along with 10 batting cages and four of the soccer fields with a concession and restroom area.

The park is at 4374 La. 311 in Houma and is open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., or 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time.

“We started this, and didn’t raise any millages on anyone. We kept the millages where they were. Terrebonne Parish, through my administration and the council, we committed over $4 million into this project along with Rec 2-3 and the hotel-motel tax, and of course, their millages that they collect, and you can see the result,” Parish President Gordy Dove said at the opening ceremony.

While the parish didn’t raise any property taxes, voters did pass a 1% hotel/motel tax in 2013 that the parish used to sell $2.9 million in bonds the next year to help build the park while it battled for state construction money that never came.

Once the current projects at the new complex are complete, however, the board has acknowledged that there’s no set plan for paying for the rest of the park’s multimillion-dollar master plan. Rec Reform for Terrebonne, a community group, is calling for a restructuring of the entire recreation system to help pay for these large projects that aim to benefit the whole parish.

Dove told the crowd he was committed to finishing the park without raising taxes on anyone. Rec Reform’s plan would consolidate some of the northern Terrebonne recreation districts, and level out property taxes between them; in some areas, taxes would increase but decrease in others.

Earlier this month, voters rejected a renewal for Recreation District 2-3′s property tax, its main revenue source. The district has some time to place the measure on the ballot again, or change it, before the tax expires at the end of 2020.

Despite the funding uncertainty, officials praised the partnership between the parish and the rec board that has resulted in the opening of the park.

“This is located in my district, but this is much bigger than District 6,” Councilman Darrin Guidry said. “What you see here could not have happened without working together with all of these fine council people here. They worked on this project knowing it’s not in their district, but knowing it’s good for Terrebonne Parish. And we will continue to work together, and with our parish president and this board to get this park finished. We’re committed to that.”

The recreation district has set aside money to finish all 11 soccer fields and a family day-use area with a splash pad and walking park. The parish is also chipping in to pay for the paved road through the park to Valhi Boulevard and decorative lighting.

The ceremony was followed by the parish’s first Buddy Ball adaptive sports event. Rec 2-3 Chairman Jeff Teuton said the board is looking into adding adaptive playground equipment to the park but noted that some has already been installed at the district’s Summerfield Park.

With the park now officially open, several tournaments are expected at the first softball and baseball pod this fall while area soccer teams start to use the new fields in the back section of the park.

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Multi-million dollar riverfront sports park coming to Gadsden !

The City of Gadsden is partnering with Gadsden State Community College to build a multi-million dollar riverfront sports complex in Gadsden.The city expects it will bring a boom to the economy.

A date for construction has not been set. However, the city is planning to bid out the project and begin construction within the fiscal year, which began October of 2019.

Plans for the project include softball fields, baseball fields, soccer fields, a BMX bike track, cross country track, sand volleyball courts, and more.

“We want to be a destination,” Mayor Sherman Guyton said about the project.

Guyton expects it will open up opportunities for the city to be able to host sports tournaments.

He says that could bring in visitors to the city who would in turn patronize local restaurants and shops.

“All that is money turning over to help us do our infrastructure, pay the bills, our employees get raises,” Guyton explained. “It’s all about the economic development part of it.”

The mayor says GSCC is providing the land and infrastructure while the City of Gadsden is paying for the project.

Business owners like Carl Lackey with Cosmic Debris Records say it’s a good sight to see development along the riverfront.

“Anything that brings more people is an added bonus,” Lackey said. “There’s enough surrounding population that would make this a very unique area. I see nothing but benefits.”

Guyton says the cost has not been determined yet and won’t be until the bidding process begins.

However, he says the city has money in its budget to pay for the project.

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Indoor sports complex to replace Louisville-area motel !

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The site of a motel off Interstate 65 in Southern Indiana would be radically transformed under a new proposal, according to our media partner Louisville Business First.

The Clarksville Redevelopment Commission has approved plans to pursue an indoor sports complex at the site of the America’s Best Inn and Suites at 342 Eastern Blvd. The Town of Clarksville purchased the 4.1-acre property this summer, and the previous owner was Rivers Edge Investment Co. Inc., according to a News and Tribune report.

The Clarksville Redevelopment Commission is now sending out requests for proposals from developers and facility operators who would lease the land from the town and serve as the developer and manager of the complex, according to a news release.

While the size and scope of such a complex was not defined, the town said it wants to establish a facility that could become a destination for regional and national youth basketball and indoor volleyball tournaments.

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Lincoln, NE to possibly get $17 million sports complex !

LINCOLN. Neb. (KOLN) – The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced it is in discussions over a sports complex with 8 artificial turf baseball fields.

The project would cost $17 million and has many teams excited, including the Lincoln Rebels and Lincoln Prodigy.

Lincoln Prodigy president Landon Larsen said having this facility would help with tournaments.

“We had teams playing at one facility and then they had to drive over to another facility,” Larsen said.

Lincoln Rebels coach Don Tomlinson said it would help with one of its biggest tournaments during the year.

“We have 250 families come in for a Lincoln Rebels tournament,” Tomlinson said.

The complex would have a softball field, 5 youth baseball fields and 2 full sized baseball diamonds.

The Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau executive director Jeff Maul said, “We’re at a turning point where we’ve got to build youth baseball facilities in Lincoln.”

According to Tomlinson, this complex would put Lincoln baseball back on the map.

Larsen said the Lincoln youth deserves this complex to reinvest back into kids.

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Crews working on Spooky Nook athletic complex coming to Hamilton, OH !

       Crews working on Spooky Nook athletic complex coming to Hamilton (Spooky Nook)

HAMILTON, Ohio – The City of Hamilton expects their largest State of the City Address on Thursday.

Residents will hear presentations from Mayor Pat Moeller and City Manager Joshua Smith. They are excited to discuss new developments in the community, including Spooky Nook Champion Mill — a project that could make a big impact on Butler County.

Spooky Nook Champion Mill broke ground in October 2018. It is at the site of the former Champion Paper Mill. It consists of two buildings. The sports complex will have an indoor and outdoor soccer field and 30 indoor courts. The second building will have retail stores, restaurants and become the second-largest convention center space in Greater Cincinnati.

The combination of both buildings will equal 1 million square feet and cost around $140 million. Spooky Nook could create a huge economic impact on Hamilton, drawing in athletes and families from all over Butler County and even into Hamilton County.

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Tuck In Your Turf This Fall !

With summer in the rearview mirror, our daily length of daylight is beginning to decrease and our normal high temperatures are starting their downward trend toward fall and, dare I say, winter. Football and soccer have taken center stage on many fields. In the meantime, many sports turf managers are beginning to plan their fall renovations. If you are managing fall football and soccer fields, you are planning your strategy to keep grass on your fields as thick as possible for as deep into the fall season as possible. This is a challenging job, especially for northern turf managers as winter begins to creep in towards the latter part of the season. But there is an excellent tool for extending the growing season on your turf… Turf Blankets!

Turf growth blankets are semi-transparent, loosely woven fabrics that allow sunlight, oxygen and water to enter the covered area while protecting the turf from cooler or colder weather as if it was in a greenhouse. The blankets come in a variety of sizes in order to concentrate on just wear or problem areas, or you can cover an entire field.

  • In the fall they can extend the seeding season by several weeks in the north. The blanket holds in heat and humidity thereby keeping soil temps up and humidity levels optimum for more rapid germination, even as days grow colder in the late fall. This is especially helpful for football and soccer fields that commonly see wear areas develop as the season is winding down.
  • Some will cover their entire fields over the winter to protect the turf from winter desiccation. When doing so, preventative applications for snow mold (if you are usually susceptible to this threat) and use of a plant growth regulator (PGR) will keep the turf healthy and under control from a vertical growth stand point.
  • Others will use their turf blankets to help turf green up more quickly early in the season by deploying them in late winter/early spring. The greenhouse effect helps to raise the soil temps more quickly bringing the turf out of its winter dormancy weeks earlier. In this situation, again, you should consider preventative treatments for snow mold if you are susceptible to it.

When you have determined that it is time to remove the blankets from the turf, you will need to “harden” the turf off first. The turf is usually very lush and tender after an elongated period under the blanket in its “greenhouse” making it very susceptible to injury. Harden off your turf area over the course of 7 to 10 days before finally removing the blankets for good. This is accomplished by removing the blanket during the daylight hours before returning it under the cover of the blanket for the overnight hours.

Make turf blankets a part of your annual field recuperation/renovation program to help reinvigorate and thicken your turf stand for the next season.

Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of “Groundskeeper University”, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.

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$10M sports complex to break ground in Cobb County. !

A $10-million sports complex will break ground Oct. 29 in Powder Springs.
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$10M sports complex to break ground in Cobb County. !

Cobb County, GA. – Powder Springs leaders will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this month to celebrate the start of construction on a $10 million sporting complex.

The ceremony for the Westside Woods Sports Complex is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5030 Hill Road in Powder Springs, the city said.

According to a news released from the city, the complex will sit on 22 acres and feature three full-size turf soccer fields with lights, two futsal courts that can be used as pickleball courts and a walking path. Futsal is similar to soccer, but is played on a basketball court with five-member teams and a low-bounce ball, the U.S. Youth Futsal’s website states.

Westwide Woods Sports Complex will also have an indoor soccer field and a 40,000-square-foot building that will house retail space, concessions area, bar, offices and conference rooms, the city said.

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