Matthews hosts groundbreaking for regional sportsplex
After years of planning and waiting, Matthews will soon be home to the Mecklenburg County Regional Sportsplex. Town and county officials joined Thursday, May 17, for a groundbreaking ceremony to build the sportsplex at 1601 Tanktown Road.
This week, county commissioners approved hiring lowest bidder Denver, N.C.-based Eagle Wood Inc. to build the first of two phases for $3,019,875. Construction could start by the first week of June and will take about eight months to complete. The first phase will include five synthetic, lit soccer fields and restrooms. Plans call for the complex to have a total of 12 athletic fields – all with synthetic grass – a stadium, trails, picnic shelters, a playground and more.
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department project was first approved by Mecklenburg County voters in 2004 and 2008 and construction was originally scheduled to begin in January 2008. But the recession and the county’s self-imposed “debt diet” stalled the project until now. Matthews has committed to give $2 million to the estimated $32 million to $34 million project.