The purchase of the land was the initial draw from the St. Joseph County grant. The remaining funds available from the 2.8 million awarded to the City of Three Rivers will be used to provide for overall site clearing/earthwork/grading. The city has awarded the contract to local contractor Brussee/Brady for a total of $2,024,242.55.
The additional fundraising strategy for phase #1 includes a capital campaign in coordination with the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation. The community foundation has provided a generous gift of $175,000 towards the project and will act as a conduit for collecting additional gifts. They will assist with developing a campaign timeline, organizational structure, campaign materials, train volunteer solicitors, and record gifts and send acknowledgements. Sponsorships, naming rights, and a gift table for the general public will be part of the capital campaign. All contributions to the community foundation are tax deductible and can be done online by visiting www.threeriversfoundation.com.
To construct the additional items, including the restroom/concessions building and the 2-north baseball/softball fields for phase #1, the capital campaign, a donor luncheon, and other fundraising efforts are being planned. These funds would assist with the following items; concessions/restroom building, sanitary water/sewer service, dugouts for the baseball/softball fields, and electrical service.
Other complex amenities and sponsorship opportunities include a walking trail, pickleball courts, playground equipment, backstops, scoreboards and additional pavilions. These items will continue to be implemented as funds are raised.
A Maintenance Fund will also be established to provide ongoing support for the daily maintenance of the facility. The majority of our sponsors sought for this phase will include local businesses and partners within the Three Rivers area who are looking for advertising and marketing opportunities through annual signage at the sports complex.
We are on our way to creating a beautiful space where our community can play together!
The River Country Sports Commission today announced that the Armstrong and Bloss families have made a private donation to fund completion of phase one of the Three Rivers multi-sports complex. In recognition for their gift, the committee also announced that the park will open in August 2019 as Armstrong Park.
Patrick Armstrong, Chairman of the Board of Armstrong International said, “Our family has been the beneficiary of great community support throughout our century-plus history in the City of Three Rivers. The Armstrong and Bloss families are grateful that we could give back to the community that has given us so much.”
Three Rivers city manager, Joe Bippus said, “The City of Three Rivers is very humbled by the generosity of the Armstrong and Bloss families. This gift, along with many others, is fulfilling the vision of making Three Rivers a Community of Choice.”
To-date, over $5.4 million has been raised in both public and private dollars to develop the multi-sports complex. What started out as a vision for the youth has grown into a place where all residents and guests will be able to do a variety of things in one spot. In addition to the athletic fields, Armstrong Park will have two pickleball courts, a 9-hole disc golf course, playground, a family pavilion, concessions building, and a walking trail.
“This is a truly unique and remarkable project,” Armstrong said. “Not only will Armstrong Park provide a wide range of recreational opportunities for people of all ages, but it will serve as an economic catalyst for the City for generations to come.”
The project continues to gain momentum as donations are being made to support the Field of Dreams campaign. A maintenance fund has been established to support the park and the River Country Sports Commission has entered into an agreement with the city for overseeing the operations of the park during the playable seasons. Additional fundraising will continue and corporate sponsorships are still needed to complete the vision for the sports complex.
Letter from Matthew J. Fetter,
Metal Technologies President/CEO
We were both very impressed by the site development, the presentation detail, and the professional way the project has been developed including the wide range of community engagement. It is clear there has been significant planning and thought put into this very important investment for the Three Rivers' community which will be an important asset for many generations to come.
Due to the hard work, dedication and commitment of MTI's 1,200 team members, one of our core values is investing back in the communities in which we operate. We do this in several ways including training, development, capital investment, volunteering and various charitable projects. Since 1999, the Three Rivers location has been an integral part of Metal Technologies and we want to support a strong community for our 170 local team members. As a result, we are excited about the opportunity to support the Three Rivers Sports Complex....we are hopeful that our donation will provide a better community and promote the completion of the park.
Donations from the community for the park continue to pour in. Thank you again Jim and Donna Stuck, along with Fibre Converters, for your generous leadership gift.