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

The Central Oregon Sportsplex Alliance is a community-driven organization that aims to provide high-quality sports facilities for the region. Made up of community members, businesses, sports teams, and partners, the CO Sportsplex Alliance is committed to developing a multi-sport facility with multiple turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, and softball. In addition, they hope to include indoor multi-use turf fields, ice sports development areas, and potentially commercial sports, retail, hotel, and RV park amenities.

The CO Sportsplex Alliance also wants to ensure that all youth in Central Oregon have access to top-notch facilities and training opportunities. They believe that every child should have the chance to participate in sports without barriers. Derek Berry, president of the CO Sportsplex Alliance presented their plan to the Bend Park and Rec Board during a meeting. He emphasized that this project is significant but with enough support can be realized successfully.

Julie Brown from Bend Parks & Rec expressed her organization’s commitment to providing recreational spaces within the community. She highlighted the potential for partnerships to enhance recreational opportunities and mentioned that the board was interested in exploring the CO Sportsplex Alliance’s concept further. The preferred location for the facility is Redmond at the Fairgrounds and Expo Center identified by them. Although it requires substantial funding through 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 commence to bring this vision to reality.

By Samantha Johnson

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