City Announces Sports Complex Expansion
Mayor Louise Carter King participating in the City/County Softball Game in 2018 at the Energy Capital Sports Complex.
The City of Gillette will unveil the design concepts for additions to the Energy Complex Sports Complex next week.
The purpose of Tuesday’s public meeting is to formally present the project to the public and answer any questions.
The proposed expansion will be located south of the current softball fields and parking lot and will include at least two multi-purpose turf fields, a splash park, and inclusive playground, as well as additional parking, restrooms and pathways.
City Communications Manager Geno Palazzari said around $5.5 million in funding for the expansion was set aside from the 2015 general fund when plans for the complex included a water park. With the economic downturn, those plans were shelved. However, the funds had already been reserved.
Palazzari said that public input suggests with the increase in popularity and participation in junior league sports such as football and soccer, multi-purpose fields are a good fit for the community.
The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the City Council Chambers. Following the public meeting, the council will consider an action item that would allow staff to advertise and bid the project.
There’s no specific timeline currently in place for the proposed project.