Community members in Central Oregon unite to establish a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility

Community Sports Facility Alliance Aims to Provide Accessible Athletic Opportunities for All Central Oregon Youth

The Central Oregon Sportsplex Alliance is a community group that aims to bring high-quality sports facilities to the region. Their vision includes developing a multi-sport facility with multiple turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, and softball, as well as indoor multi-use turf fields, ice sports development areas, and potentially commercial sports, retail, hotel, and RV park amenities.

One of their main goals is to establish and administer scholarship funds to ensure that all youth in Central Oregon have access to top-notch facilities, leagues, and training opportunities. They believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in sports without barriers.

During a meeting with the Bend Park and Rec Board, Derek Berry, president of the CO Sportsplex Alliance presented their plan for building this facility. He emphasized that this project is a significant endeavor but with sufficient support can be successfully realized.

Julie Brown expressed her organization’s dedication to providing recreational spaces within the community during the same meeting. She highlighted the potential for partnerships to enhance recreational opportunities and mentioned the board’s interest in exploring the Sportsplex Alliance’s concept further.

The Sportsplex Alliance has identified Redmond at the Fairgrounds and Expo Center as their preferred location for this facility. Although it is estimated to require substantial funding including private donations and public partnerships many see value in investing in parks and sports facilities for the community’s benefit. Once feasibility studies are completed fundraising efforts will begin to bring this vision into reality.

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