As reported by The Gainesville Times, the layout of the 89-acre J. Melvin Cooper Youth Sports Complex was revealed in new renderings from the city’s parks and recreation department.
The venue will have five ballfields and one multi-purpose field for soccer and football, among other sports. The article states the facility will also include two concession stands, three fan seating areas, a trail around the field, and 276 parking spaces. The venue is named after the city’s longtime park director, who retired in 2019 after 47 years on the job.
According to The Times, the estimated construction cost is between $17 million to $20 million, with $13 million in voter-approved special purpose sales tax funds set aside for the project. Gainesville parks and recreation director Katie Mattison says they are hoping to break ground in early summer 2022