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Groundbreaking set for sports complex

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com

Those who have been donating money and time so that a new sports complex can be built south of town will see their efforts start to blossom in just over a month.

Groundbreaking for Phase 1 of Rivers Edge, the new complex, will be on the evening of Wednesday, May 23, according to Anna Dungan, executive director of the Fayette County Community Foundation. By mid-fall, Phase 1 should be ready for a ribbon-cutting, meaning that part of the project is complete.

Rivers Edge will be located along Veterans Memorial Parkway where the current soccer fields are.

Phase 1 will include an outdoor amphitheater, picnic areas, concessions, a trail and playground. Phase 2 will include seven baseball fields – one for T-ball, four for other youth leagues and two for adult leagues – and an upgrade to the soccer fields. The ball diamonds will replace the current Babe Ruth complex, which floods frequently.

The steering committee for Rivers Edge is putting together bid packages for the Phase 1 work so that contracts can be awarded, Dungan said. Work in this phase will also include some of the infrastructure, such as water and sewage lines. The estimated price tag is $310,000.

Work toward this goal began in 2006 when Duke Energy gave the land for a recreation center, Dungan said. That became the existing soccer complex. The city bought more land to make the larger sports complex possible. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources built a canoe launch, which will be part of the complex.

Foundation assessing its work

The Fayette County Community Foundation is conducting an assessment of its work. Phase 2 starts Monday.

People who are part of local organizations may receive invitations to respond to the assessment from more than one group. It’s hoped that they will respond only one time, Anna Dungan, executive director, said. The foundation hopes to learn about what people know about the foundation’s work.

This assessment is part of an ongoing project. In Phase 1, the foundation identified groups that it works with, categorizing some as resource providers and others as groups that require support.

People interested in participating in the assessment may find it on the foundation’s website, www.fayettefoundation.com/, between April 16-20.