Despite the wet fall, we are continuing to move forward during these warmer winter days. The exterior masonry walls are complete on the concessions/restroom building and the mason is moving to start work on the interior walls. Trusses are expected next week and roofing should start thereafter. The playground has been installed and rubber mulch is planned to be installed in the spring or early summer. Footings for the press box have been installed and the foundation walls and block work is scheduled to begin soon.
Concession Building and Playground
Paving, fencing, tree planting and seeding are all scheduled to take place this week!
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.
“AYSO five years ago began to collect an extra $5 from each player per year, we knew that the time would come when we would have our own fields. AYSO has contributed $10,000 toward the sports complex to help complete this project, in addition to the $10,000 that we committed four years ago, so $20,000 from the AYSO to the complex. We believe in this project,” Humbert said.
Many other contributors and supporters of the complex were also in attendance during its capital campaign kickoff, including Curt Penny, president of the newly formed River County Sports Commission, Joe Bippus, city manager, Jared Hoffmaster, former city commissioner, Matt Stofer, Three Rivers Community Schools (TRCS) athletic director, Ron Moag, TRCS superintendent, and Jim Stuck, TRACF president.
Penny announced the newly formed commission and said it will be tasked with creating policies and procedures for the complex, programming activities, planning for maintenance, handling the scheduling for potential special events, and forming partnerships with other area organizations that may be interested in utilizing the fields or complex. “The vision five years ago was that we wanted a place for our community to come and play, whether you are a five year-old Rocket Football player or a senior walking the trail or playing pickle ball. I am very pleased to be standing here today and seeing the project move forward,” Penny said.
Also in attendance was Phil Kline, owner of Kline’s Resort. The Kline family recently donated over $40,000 towards the construction of two pickle
The Three Rivers Sports Complex is still looking for donations towards construction, as well as reaching monetary goals for added amenities, including a playground set, a press box, another concession stand, paving for its parking lot, and a maintenance building, according to Losik. “The sports complex is for the kids of Three Rivers and the surrounding area. While we received a considerable amount of money, we still need financial assistance. While the negative comments will continue to be posted on social media, possibly in the newspapers, and talked about on the streets, this project is going forward and has a positive impact on our
community,” Losik said in closing.
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Three Rivers officials, proponents of the city's multi-field sports complex and pickleball fans assembled Tuesday at Kline's Resort in Mendon Township for the announcement that Paul and Joyce Kline and Tama and Phil Kline are offering a donation of over $40,000 to develop two pickleball courts at the Three Rivers development. (Jef Rietsma/Journal)