(ABILENE, TX) – The City of Abilene and the Abilene Youth Sports Authority are considering joining forces to build a 55,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art youth sports facility.
AYSA appeared before City Council Thursday morning where council members decided to approve the first step in their request for the new facility.
This means AYSA has thirty months to raise the $7.5 million necessary to begin the project, and if these funds are raised in the appropriate amount of time, the City would extend a lease agreement to AYSA.
AYSA is going to apply for a $1,000,000 endowment in addition to the $7.5 million needed to build the facility. They’re doing this to assure the facility remains maintained.
Proposed plans for the facility include 4 regulatory basketball courts, 4 youth basketball courts, 8 volleyball courts, a concession/dining area, meeting rooms and offices, and state-of-the-art audio/video, according to a presentation from AYSA which refers to this project as “a game changer for Abilene.”
The facility will be used for youth sports outside of school for ages Pre-K through kindergarten and may even have leagues for kids ages 5-17 that will have spots for around 2400 players.
The City will be responsible for about $1.67 million worth of upgrades if an agreement is reached, and they will also need to spend around $630,000 to reconstruct Transformation Trail.
Also approved during Thursday’s City Council meeting, 64 traffic lights around Abilene will be upgraded by Iteris Inc, the Abilene Library will move forward with a Strategic Plan for their future which could include relocating the downtown branch to the old Lincoln Middle School building on S. 1st Street, and new restrooms will be built alongside two splash pads that are being constructed at Cal Young Park and Grover Nelson Park.