By Josh Whitener
While heavy rain has thrown off construction at the Mecklenburg County Regional Sportsplex in Matthews, county parks and recreation staff say the complex is still expected to open in September.
Construction off Tank Town Road began in June 2012. The site will include five synthetic athletic fields with lighting, restrooms and a playground once phase one is complete.
Lee Jones, division director of capital planning services for the Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department, said four out of the five synthetic fields are “substantially complete.” The restroom building is nearing completion and crews are in the process of bringing in gravel and paving roads and parking lots, he said.
Construction was originally scheduled to wrap up this month, but “significant rain delays” and storm water mitigation requirements have caused some delays, Jones said.
“There’s a lot of offsite drainage coming onto the site … we have to minimize any sediment overflow,” he said.
Despite these delays, crews have continued to work at a steady pace, Jones said, which he credits in part to the county working closely with the Town of Matthews and Eagle Wood, Inc. – the Denver, N.C.-based company hired to build the complex for $3,019,875.
Matthews agreed to give $2 million to the sports complex. The town has already contributed $475,000 to the project and budgeted another $175,000 for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Once the first phase is complete, construction on a second phase should begin immediately, Jones said. The entire project, which will cost $32 million to $34 million, will include 12 multi-use fields designed for games like soccer, lacrosse, football and rugby, as well as a championship stadium.