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‘It’s pretty exciting.’ Plans for south Merced regional sports complex finally shaping up !

A south Merced, CA. regional sports complex is moving toward groundbreaking next year, bringing more soccer, football and other recreation opportunities to this location on the corner of Mission Avenue and Tyler Road. SHAWN JANSEN Sjansen@mercedsun-star.com Anticipation is growing in the City of Merced as longstanding plans for a spacious regional sports hub are finally taking shape. Community Park-42, dubbed CP-42, is envisioned by city leaders as becoming a local epicenter for recreation that will attract visitors from across the county and beyond to south Merced. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s been a long-term vision for the city,” Merced Mayor Matt Serratto said.

The expansive park is imagined as a regional sports complex that includes soccer, football, basketball and volleyball courts, among other facilities. The 30-plus-acre site allotted for phase one of the project is nestled at the corner of Mission Avenue and Tyler Road. CP-42 has been in the works for years, with origins going back as far as park and open space master plans dating to the early 2000s. The injection of $5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars allocated to the project by the Merced City Council last year allowed it to accelerate.

Although those millions in federal stimulus dollar are allowing the project to move forward, a total price tag for it is still uncertain. City leaders are also poised to accept a state grant for CP-42 during Monday’s Council meeting. The nearly $178,000 from the grant will fund construction of two restrooms during phase one development. That will allow the park to open as a regional sports complex immediately, rather than waiting for phase two development, city documents say. SOCCER, FOOTBALL AND MORE PLANNED FOR CP-42 The park’s conceptual and schematic planning are nearly complete, meaning the project can move into the design phase, City Engineer Michael Beltran said.

City Manager Stephanie Dietz said groundbreaking is estimated to begin around spring of next year. Once phase one construction kicks off, the city is aiming for a quick turnaround. Optimistic projections put an opening date at the end of next year, Serratto said. Conceptual phase one amenities for CP-42 include a parking lot; a food truck area; courts for soccer, football, basketball and volleyball; a shaded picnic shelter and a play area. Future project phases envision a walking path, more courts for various sports and additional picnic and play areas. CP-42 is expected to expand in acreage as further plans are identified and funded. Ongoing conversations between Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) and city officials are exploring the possibility of incorporating another 30-acre site owned by the district next to the city’s parcel into CP-42.

If that plan moves forward, it would effectively double the park’s acreage. MUHSD Superintendent Alan Peterson said those plans are still in preliminary stages, but noted his enthusiasm for seeing multiple public agencies come together on CP-42, each working toward the betterment of Merced. “I think its a way to showcase our community,” Peterson said. “I think it would be a boon to south Merced and provide all sorts of economic activity.” Merced officials agree CP-42 will be a boon to economic development — especially in south Merced. Beltran said the sports complex will serve as a “major park” that is expected to attract people from outside the city to recreate and hold tournaments. “These are high quality, tournament-caliber facilities,” Serratto echoed.

City officials say the park is expected to help address the community’s need for additional recreation sites. Merced residents have long appealed to elected officials to bring more activities for youth — a need that will only grow as the city continues to grow in population, officials say. CP-42’s amenities are intended to cater to popular Merced activities, such as soccer. “It checks so many boxes. It’s south Merced development, it’s regional sports, things to do for youth,“ Serratto said. “It’s just an incredibly important project.”

Read more at: https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/article260903892.html#storylink=cpy

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A proactive leader in fan safety !

Backstop & Foul Line Protective Netting

BISMARCK MUNICIPAL BALLPARK | BISMARCK, ND

Long before fan safety dominated national news in 2019, the facility team was taking care of their fans at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of Dakota Community Bank & Trust Field in Bismarck, ND.

                                                                 Bismarck Municipal Ballpark

Their story began in 2014 when the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) initiated a master plan study with their architect, Ritterbush-Ellig-Hulsing P.C. As REH developed plans for the entire complex, architect Jeff Feist looked to Beacon Athletics – experts in protective ballfield netting – to advise on the planned backstop net system that would anchor to the new grandstand. Working closely with Beacon’s project services team, BPRD designed and installed an outboard tie-back netting system. Beacon’s unique winch and pulley system allows for continual cable tensioning adjustments to keep the nets tensioned, aligned, and sag-free. The winch & pulley also makes maintenance easy, bringing top-of-the-line durability and the ability to quickly raise and lower the netting when needed. An additional overhead canopy net panel for covering the seats behind home plate was added to ensure complete spectator safety from one of the most common foul balls in baseball – the straight back and overhead pop foul.

Phase 2 and Phase 3…

Four years later, BPRD decided to extend the protective netting over the dugouts (in 2018) and then in 2019 they made their third modification, extending protection all the way to the end of the spectator areas along each foul line. Like many ballparks, BPRD had installed patios and social areas along the right- and left-field lines where fans are often distracted from the game. Safety was the motivating factor in modifying their original backstop. With each of the incremental phases, REH relied on Beacon to provide design and installation advice.

During all three phases, our projects team worked closely with the REH architects team, providing valuable expertise specific netting design & engineering. We provided recommendations on pole and cable sizes, footing design, and working load limits of the existing structures, as well as detailed drawings of how the netting would integrate with the existing structures. This collaborative approach enabled on-time and on-budget installations, while also ensuring a long-lasting netting solution that delivers spectator safety.

“It was really a pleasure …

… to work with Beacon Athletics and their projects team on the Bismarck ballpark project,” says REH’s Feist.

Beacon’s project manager, Elliot Hansen, added: “Credit is due all around for the success of this project. Bismarck Parks & Recreation District had the foresight to be proactive in protecting their spectators, and REH’s architects team brought a collaborative approach. REH clearly knows ballfield design and our areas of expertise with protective netting and retro-fitting to existing structures complemented them well. The result is an attractive ballpark that is safe for fans offering a tremendous ballgame experience. Beacon is very proud to be part of the Bismarck ballfield story.”

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TeamSnap Steps up its Game for Sports Organizations with New TeamSnap for Clubs & Leagues. !

[[ One-Stop Software Solution for Youth Sports Organizations Enhances Experience for Clubs & Leagues; Evolving Amateur Sports Ecosystem Can Now Drive More Efficient Engagement Between Coaches, Parents and Players Throughout Full Lifecycle of a Youth Athlete – Growing With the Players and the Teams. ]]

BOULDER, Colo., April 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TeamSnap, the online community for everything youth sports, today announced the upcoming launch of the new TeamSnap for Clubs & Leagues, an all-in-one multi-program management system built to simplify and streamline registration, operations, scheduling and team management processes for youth sports organizations of all sizes. The offering will go live on Tuesday, April 26 and includes the top-rated TeamSnap team mobile app. Bringing this first-of-its-kind solution to market is the company’s next step in its evolution toward providing the industry with one platform for all things youth sports.

“A youth sports program is complex, and in addition to having a major impact on the lives of countless amateur and rising-star athletes, at the end of the day it is also a business,” said Peter Frintzilas, CEO of TeamSnap. “At TeamSnap, we understand this complexity. With this rollout, our platform that connects more than 25 million youth sports users and over 19,000 organizations can now seamlessly, securely and efficiently meet every business management need of a sports organization, while also empowering them to spend more time doing what they love – and that is focusing on game time.”

TeamSnap built this next generation of its Clubs & Leagues solution set after asking its customers — including more than 19,000 youth sport administrators, coaches and managers – how it could improve their overall experience and better help them manage and grow their clubs and leagues. The end goal was to create new tools, features and services that can save them more time for team and player development.

The enhanced sports management platform includes features for member management, registration, payments, mobile app and website integrations as well as services to help with the design, implementation and ongoing maintenance of their TeamSnap experience. The easy-to-use offering will grow with a club and league year-over-year, allowing them to simply start a new season or new club offering without starting from scratch. It will also simplify the process of keeping track of multiple players coming from the same family, creating a more seamless experience for all users – sports organizations and parents, players and fans.

“We were impressed by the ability to set permissions and grant different access rights based on role,” said Rob Marino, Co-Founder and Administrative Director at Next Level Soccer Academy. “In a growing club, it’s vital that everyone has access to all the information they need, while still keeping more sensitive information protected and secure.”

Key Benefits for Sports Organizations:

  • The first all-in-one multi-program management solution for sports organizations of any size.
  • Fully customizable to the unique needs of the organization including multiple bank account support.
  • With all new roles and permissions, administrators can allow access to select staff, while at the same time keeping customer information safe and secure.
  • Program managers never have to begin from scratch again and can create and launch a new season within three clicks.
  • All new reporting capabilities, including consolidated financials and program registration reporting.
  • All coaches get access to the top-rated TeamSnap team mobile app for no additional cost.
  • Enhanced ecosystem simplifies administrative tasks, giving time back to club and league managers and support staff.

“TeamSnap is an innovator and industry leader when it comes to simplifying the challenges of amateur sports – for parents, for clubs, for coaches, and for athletes,” said Greg Ludke, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at TeamSnap. “Now we are solving the business problems for sports organizations on a holistic level. From complex program management, to running registration, to financial reporting, to automated scheduling, to real-time communication — the new TeamSnap for Clubs & Leagues now does all of this and more. Best of all, this enhanced suite of business services is delivered with our world-class Team mobile app to delight every organization’s members and coaches.”

For more information on the new TeamSnap for Clubs & Leagues, interested parties can attend a webinar on Tuesday, April 26, at 11:00 AM MT, by signing up here: LINK

About TeamSnap
TeamSnap is home to the largest online community for everything youth sports. It is consistently rated the No. 1 sports management platform by its loyal audience of more than 25 million youth sports coaches, administrators, players and parents and over 19,000 sports organizations – across more than 100 different types of sports and activities. The leading sports-tech company offers consumer brands innovative new ways to connect with passionate youth sports audiences from across the globe.  It is currently in high-growth mode, expanding its footprint toward becoming THE platform and marketplace for all things youth sports.

For more information, visit the TeamSnap website, and follow the company on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Media Contact for TeamSnap:
Laura Marvin
JConnelly
973.349.2959
teamsnap@jconnelly.com 

SOURCE TeamSnap

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Neighbors of proposed sports complex want to know its impacts !

Gig Harbor, WA. – A group of Gig Harbor North residents is circulating a petition urging the city of Gig Harbor to conduct environmental studies on the effects that a proposed sports complexwould have on the surrounding community.

The facility would be built in phases on 30 acres along Harbor Hill Drive, to the north, south and southwest of the Tom Taylor Family YMCA. It would eventually comprise six lighted ballfields with associated parking lots and access roads, among other amenities. Impacts cited in the petition are traffic, tree removal, light and noise pollution, and wildlife habitat destruction.

The City Council on March 28 approved a nearly $600,000 contract with BCRA for design, permitting and bid support of the initial work — Phase 1B.

Phase 1B, on 3.4 acres north of the YMCA parking lot, will include three bocce ball courts, six pickleball courts, two playgrounds, an event lawn with a covered stage, two picnic shelters, and a restroom/concessions building. Design and permitting is scheduled to be completed this year with construction beginning early in 2023.

Gig Harbor Sports Complex Phase 1B

Gig Harbor Sports Complex Phase 1B Drawing courtesy of city of Gig Harbor

The city’s 2022 budget allocated $1 million for Phase 1B: $200,000 from a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant, $200,000 not yet awarded from a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant, $400,000 from the Hospital Benefit Zone and $200,000 from park impact fees.

Impact statements

The contractor, among other things, will determine what kinds of environmental impact statements will be needed, conduct a traffic study and an analysis of light, noise and other environmental issues, and prepare a tree survey and a binding site plan for all nine sports complex parcels.

The environmental measures included in the BRCA contract don’t satisfy the petitioners. They’re asking for an independent specialist to study the cumulative impacts of the entire project instead of phase by phase.

“The most important thing, and what the petition calls for more than anything else, is that the impacts be studied as a whole, because right now the way the council has structured it, each phase will have its own impact statement,” said Marilyn Colyar, one of about eight Heron’s Key Retirement Community residents comprising the group’s steering committee. “We’re basically saying before the plan goes forth there needs to be impact studies on the whole (project), not just one phase at a time. To add to that, that the environmental impact studies be done by a neutral agency with that specific expertise, not the construction company who has the contract. We see that as a conflict of interest.”

That’s not how it works, said Mayor Tracie Markley. BCRA will operate as a coordinator, like a general contractor, and sub out studies to appropriate companies. Their work will have to be approved by various governmental agencies. Site plans will outline ensuing phases, but details from future residential and commercial development and from Phase 1B itself won’t be known until later.

“We can’t do environmental studies on those phases yet,” she said. “We have to do them one at a time. You can’t possibly forecast what the environmental impacts for Phase 3 are going to be when it’s seven years out from now. … That’s not how anything works anyway. You don’t future forecast years and years down the the road. It’s not possible. Agencies won’t even do that.”

Project in three phases

The city and YMCA signed a lease agreement in 2021 in which the YMCA became responsible for Phase 1A. It will raise about $6.8 in donations to build and operate two new lighted, artificial-turf fields abutting Phase 1B, as well as construct 100 parking stalls and the restrooms/concession stand building.

Under the terms, the YMCA has until spring 2023 to raise the funds and begin construction, which must be completed by December 2024. The fields will be open to the public when not reserved for sports practices, games or other events. The city will allocate a $350,000 Recreation and Conservation Office Youth Athletic Facilities grant toward Phase 1A.

Map showing future location of Gig Harbor Sports Complex.

Map showing future location of Gig Harbor Sports Complex. Map courtesy of city of Gig Harbor

Phase 1C would add parking and an access road to the west of the YMCA parcel. In Phase 2, the existing city-owned Little League baseball fields would be reconfigured and surfaced with artificial turf to make them suitable for year-round, multi-sport play. Phase 3 would add two more lighted, artificial-turf fields to the south of the YMCA.

Increased traffic is a major concern of the group. Harbor Hill Drive, which had dead-ended near the YMCA, became an arterial in 2018 when it was extended to Burnham Drive. Swift Water Elementary School opened across the street from the YMCA last fall.

The sports complex will add 360 parking spaces to the 490 already at the YMCA and 160 at the Little League fields and along McCormick Creek Drive, for a total of 1,010. The Village at Harbor Hill shopping center is planned at Harbor Hill Drive and Borgen Boulevard with 14 buildings and 577 parking stalls.

Traffic concerns

The petition states that any previous traffic impact studies must be updated to include the new parking and future development on the east side of Harbor Hill Drive.

“It will be significantly busier,” Colyar said. “We can even envision in the case of a large soccer tournament the neighborhood streets being impacted by parking.”

Much of the 30 wooded acres would be logged. That would degrade the rural character of Harbor Hill Drive, increase stormwater runoff, destroy wildlife habitat, reduce carbon dioxide absorption, and increase noise from local roads and Highway 16, according to the petition.

“Trees, that’s a huge issue,” Colyar said. “One of the reasons we want this holistic study to be done is that clear-cutting of trees is going to begin rather soon. The trees are vital for CO2 absorption, most particularly for wildlife because that area is so rich in wildlife. All you have to do is walk around that pond, which we do frequently, and see several varieties of ducks, herons, redwing blackbirds. It’s a rich wildlife area.”

The six sports fields, parking lots and access roads would create excessive noise and light pollution for nearby residents, the petition states.

The group is not opposed to the sports complex, but it wants the impacts to be taken into account and the plan perhaps altered to lessen the impacts and maintain the neighbors’ quality of life, including walking trails with wildlife and trees, and nights undisturbed by lights and noise, Colyar said.

“What we don’t want to do is come across as being anti-family and anti-kid because that’s not the case at all,” she said. “We believe kids should have places to play. Children have to have sports. They need to play soccer. They need to play baseball. We don’t want to come across as being anti-sports, anti-children, anti-family, but we do want the city to be mindful and intentional about studying impacts before going ahead with the grand plan.”

‘Gig Harbor is going to change’

Colyar snapped a photo of a sign with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote recently while vacationing in Pasadena, Calif. It states, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“This matters,” she said. “This is important, and what happens up here (in Gig Harbor North) matters to every single person who lives here, not only the neighborhoods but everybody in Gig Harbor.

“Gig Harbor is going to change. It’s not going to stand still and remain a little fishing village, but the changes inherent to a growing city have to be planned, with preservation of open space and wildlife and trees being considered an important value.”

Sign stating future home of Gig Harbor sports complex

Phases 1A and 1B of the sports complex will be between the YMCA and Costco on Harbor Hill Road. Ed Friedrich / Gig Harbor Now

Markley said the group’s environmental concerns will be addressed, and she apologized for a lapse in communication the past two years because of the pandemic.

Many people have moved to the area since much of the planning was conducted and aren’t familiar with the sports complex. They’ll soon have opportunities to catch up. An open house is scheduled for May 7, time and place to be determined, to be followed shortly thereafter by a public meeting at which residents can learn about how the project got to this point, ask questions and make comments.

“We’re now in a new campaign of educating the community about the timeline, how this all came to be, all of that,” Markley said. “We’re hoping the community understands where the project started, why it is so important and be informed better than they ever have in the past. We’re committed to communicating with citizens on this project all of the way through. Now that I’m here (she became mayor in January), I want to make sure that our city and this council in particular is very, very much in support of total transparency to the community in everything we do, especially with a project this big. But this is a project that is going forward. Phase 1 is going forward. There is no question about that.

“The ultimate message is we’re excited about this, the YMCA is excited about it, the council is fully supportive and we are moving forward on Phase 1. We’ll be doing everything by the book. All of the studies need to be done. We’ll be sharing the studies with the community. They will be informed every step of the way.”

Petitions and comments

The group began collecting signatures on Tuesday and expects to present them to the City Council at its April 25 meeting. Petitions can be requested at impactstudy3@gmail.com. Photos can be taken of the petition with a person’s signature and address, and emailed to that address, or for instructions about where to drop it off.

Community members can each speak for three minutes at the council meeting, or five minutes as a group. Council members can’t answer questions. They can participate in a two-way conversation at the open house or public meeting, or arrange a meeting with city staff, Markley said.

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“NEW” Amateur Sports Added !

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We Can Save More Money In 2022 !

* ( 26 Different Amateur Sports ) *

( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

1-800-622-7370

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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Ground breaking ceremony to be held for 2nd phase of Eastside Sports Complex !

The City of El Paso on Friday will break ground on Phase II of the Eastside Sports Complex in the Upper Eastside.

The sports complex expansion, located at 4380 Montwood Dr., will include eight competition flat fields along with lighting, parking, and other amenities, according to the city.

 

 

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