Regional Sports Park Ready For Play

Posted: January 22, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Steve Milligan, left, and Randy Ward, both with Modern Fence & Supply in Springdale, look over one of the completed dugouts Monday at the Rogers Regional Sports Park. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park, which will host its first tournament this weekend.

The Regional Sports Park officially opened Monday with play slated to begin on the ballfields this weekend.

Web Watch

To see a drawing of the park, go to www.nwaonline.com.

At A Glance

Park Projects

Four major park projects are part of the bond election approved by residents in 2011. Total cost of park improvements is expected to be about $27 million over the next five years. The projects include:

• Construction of the Regional Sports Park — six fields, bleachers, restrooms, a concession stand, a water feature and a small playground — cost about $6.7 million, began in January 2012 and was completed in December 2012.

• Work on the $13 million aquatic center — with a variety of large slides, a lap pool, two smaller pools, a lazy river ride, a concession stand and other amenities — began in January 2012. The facility is scheduled to open Memorial Day.

• City officials purchased four parcels near Veterans Park for $440,000 in November. The land will be used to build three new soccer fields and a concession stand, and improve two existing soccer fields. Design work is under way.

• About $5 million remains in the Parks Department draw from the bond election to renovate Lake Atalanta. Part of the money will be used to dredge the lake. Design work on other improvements will begin later this year.

Source: Staff Report

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