SPEARFISH, SD – Spearfish will soon be eligible to host large soccer and softball tournaments, to include state and regional competitions, thanks to Sky Ridge Sports Complex, currently nearing the end of the design development stage and set to go to bid in April.
The sports complex will feature six regulation soccer fields, four regulation softball fields, spectator seating, two concession stands with public restrooms, approximately 450 parking spaces, as well as designated parking for up to four food trucks, a granular surface trail, and space for a future playground area with restroom and picnic shelter. The scheduled opening for the sports complex is Spring 2023.
“We have continued to see demand for soccer and softball fields,” Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Ehnes said. “This sports complex will fill a need for area youth and adult athletes. We have worked closely with local sports associations to try to incorporate as many ‘wish list’ items as we can to create a setting that provides for athletes, teams, spectators, and the community.”
Part of the funding model for the sports complex includes private donations, allowing community members the chance to invest in the vision, and details will be forthcoming as the project details are finalized.
Sky Ridge, a new development in the Exit 17 area, south of Colorado Boulevard and west of U.S. Highway 85, is designed for workforce housing and includes approximately 40 acres dedicated to the sports complex.
A 2013 housing study showcased the need for more affordable housing options in Spearfish and recognized that the City would have to take an active role in developing workforce housing. In 2019, the groundwork was laid, and property purchased, to make that priority a reality. Since then, the Mayor and City Council, in collaboration with the private industry, have worked to establish a plan to improve the supply of affordable housing in Spearfish through a public-private partnership between the City and developer, Dream Design International, Inc.
Construction on Sky Ridge began in September. The development will feature 180 lots, developed in phases over five years, and more information about the housing development is available at https://www.dreamdesigninc.com/sky-ridge-spearfish/.
This image shows a rendering of the future Sky Ridge Sports Complex (aerial view looking N-NE), which will feature six regulation soccer fields and four regulation softball fields, in addition to a variety of other amenities for area youth and adult athletes, teams, spectators, and the Spearfish community. Image courtesy Tallgrass Landscape Architecture