Local residents in Central Oregon unite to construct a multi-sport facility in a collaborative effort

Community-Driven Sportsplex Alliance Aims to Create Multi-Sport Facilities for Central Oregon Youth

The Central Oregon Sportsplex Alliance is a community-driven group made up of members, businesses, sports teams, and partners who are dedicated to bringing top-notch sports facilities to the region. Their plan involves developing a multi-sport facility that includes turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, and softball, as well as indoor turf fields and training areas for ice sports. They also hope to include commercial sports, retail, hotel and an RV park in the project.

The alliance aims to establish and manage scholarship funds to ensure that all Central Oregon youth have access to the best facilities, leagues and training available. They want to make sports accessible to every child in the region.

Derek Berry, the president of the CO Sportsplex Alliance presented this concept to the Bend Park and Rec Board at a meeting. Julie Brown, Communications & Community Relations Manager for Bend Parks & Rec expressed that providing locations for recreation in the community is a priority. She mentioned that partnerships could play a role in this effort but it remains unclear if the Sportsplex Alliance initiative will move forward.

The board showed interest in the regional impact of the project and is open to further discussions.

The Sportsplex Alliance has identified Redmond at Fairgrounds and Expo Center as their preferred location for the sports facility. While the project is estimated to require significant funding including hundreds of millions of dollars, securing financial support remains their main challenge. Berry emphasized on investing in parks and sports facilities benefits not only communities but also individuals. Once feasibility studies are completed fundraising efforts will begin with a combination of private funding, public partnerships and community support.

Overall, this alliance strives towards creating a space where people can engage in physical activity while building stronger connections within their community.

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