Sinclair told Union County Council earlier this week work on the park, which is located at the corner of Rice Avenue Extension and Industrial Park Road, is “substantially complete” though some work dealing with matters such as the installation of sprinklers remains to be done. He said the county will not take ownership of the park until that work is completed.
Though some people are already using the walking paths around the park, Sinclair doesn’t expect the park to be fully open until the last weekend in February 2010. He said there has already been a number of inquiries from athletic organizations about using the complex’s facilities as soon as it opens. Sinclair is the process of trying to schedule the complex for the use of these groups, but the first event to be held there will be an open house and dedication. He said the first official sporting event will be a high school baseball tournament.
The complex’s facilities include seven baseball and softball fields of varying size, a playground area for smaller children, a walking path, batting cages and set aside bullpens and concession stands.
The land for the complex was donated by Timken US Corporation which through its Timken Foundation donated a total of $500,000 toward its construction. The project also received another $100,500 in contributions from private donors.