Metropolis, AYSA to develop multipurpose sports activities fields close to Abilene Zoo

Multipurpose fields may very well be added to Nelson Park east of the Abilene Zoo after the Abilene Metropolis Council on Thursday voted to entered into an settlement with Abilene Youth Sports activities Authority.

The AYSA constructed and operates an indoor sports activities facility – Dodge Jones Youth Sports activities Heart – south of the place the out of doors fields shall be positioned. The proposed 10 out of doors flat fields shall be for soccer, soccer and different associated sports activities.

In different motion, the council accredited town getting into an settlement with the Abilene Enchancment Company for the demolition of the previous workplace constructing of the Abilene Reporter-Information at 101 Cypress St.

AIC took possession of the constructing Dec. 31

The native information and sports activities employees now’s positioned within the First Monetary West Constructing in downtown Abilene.

The council didn’t talk about future plans for the lot after it’s razed at a price of about $500,000, Metropolis Supervisor Robert Hanna mentioned.

Fields may appeal to sports activities tourism

Beneath a memorandum of settlement between town and AYSA, town will present $5 million in money or in-kind providers for the fields and improvement of associated infrastructure, reminiscent of parking and water and sewer strains.

AYSA could have 12 months to boost $10 million for the mission. If the fields come to fruition, the nonprofit will handle them below a lease with town for $1 a 12 months for 40 years.

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