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!