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Several factors went into this. First, the city and those involved with this project wanted to not only design this complex for the current needs but the needs of the growing community over the next 30 years. Due to the size and complexity of this design, costs are higher than expected. Second, the city and those involved wanted this complex to be representative of our community and its rich heritage of parks and recreation. Third, by asking the community to donate, this creates a sense of ownership in the community and expands Spearfish’s sense of community
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The location of the complex was chosen in conjunction with the Sky Ridge workforce housing project. Due to certain requirements, the complex had to be located within the workforce housing project. Additionally, finding a site large enough to accompany this size of the project was limited and this site was one that met the criteria.
This project is being funded in conjunction with the Tax Increment Funding district for the workforce housing project at Sky Ridge. The complex itself is being paid for with an 8 million dollar bond and fundraising dollars. The TIF funds are being used to pay for the infrastructure needed for the workforce housing such as grading, dry and wet utilities, and roads.
This new complex will be home to adult softball players from the Spearfish Adult Softball Association, girl’s youth softball from the Spearfish Youth Baseball and Softball Association, and other local competitive fast-pitch teams as well as youth soccer players from the Spearfish Soccer Association.
The rough grading was included in the housing portion of the project to save on mobilization costs. The rough grading has been completed. The City is currently working with the design team to design and plan the complex. The city hopes to have a bid on the project in the spring of 2021 and construct the complex over the next two years. We expect our associations to be playing on the complex in the spring of 2023.
Yes, your donation to this project is tax-deductible.
The city has established donation tiers along with means of recognition for each tier of donation. There are minimum donation requirements and recognition spans from getting your name engraved on a sidewalk paver to sponsoring a field.