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

The CO Sportsplex Alliance is a dedicated group of community members, businesses, sports teams and partners who are committed to bringing high-quality sports facilities to the region. Their vision is to develop a multi-sport facility with multiple turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, and softball. Additionally, they hope to create indoor multi-use turf fields, ice sports development areas and potentially commercial sports, retail, hotel and RV park amenities.

The alliance also aims to establish scholarship funds to ensure that all youth in Central Oregon have access to top-notch facilities, leagues and training opportunities. They believe that every child should have the opportunity 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 sufficient support can be realized successfully. Julie Brown, Communications & Community Relations Manager for Bend Parks & Rec expressed her organization’s commitment to providing recreational spaces within the community and highlighted the potential for partnerships to enhance recreational opportunities. She also mentioned that the board was interested in exploring the Sportsplex Alliance’s concept further.

The preferred location for the facility identified by the alliance is Redmond at the Fairgrounds and Expo Center although feasibility studies need to be completed before fundraising efforts commence. Many see value in investing in parks and sports facilities for the community’s benefit.

By Aiden Johnson

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