The Lake Havasu City Council adopted a plan for a 10-year Community Investment Project earmarks $123 million in improvements to facilities and recreation. The first year of the plan began this summer when a budgeted $29 million will be available for dozens of projects. As a result, Lake Havasu City will become even more attractive to even more special events, including perhaps your own family reunions. Thanks to planned improvements to local recreational facilities, future visitors to the city will find even more to do. Here are the deets:
Ballfields – The city has approved up to $2 million in next year’s budget for soccer fields at Cypress-Daytona Park, additional lighting at school ballfields, and SARA Park flex fields to address some immediate field shortages. That money also includes plans for a sports complex at SARA Park. “Once there are enough ballfields for locals, we’ll begin to attract national ball competitions,” predicts Kathy Silverthorn, director of event recruitment for the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Adds Greg Froslie, Community Investment Director, “At the urging of the CVB we conducted an athletic field study that identified the need for more ballfields to improve the recreation opportunities for local residents, and attract tournaments that will ultimately help the local economy.”
The flex fields will allow multiple uses, switching from baseball to softball, from adult to youth competitions, as required. Improvements include enhancements to parking lots, food concessions and lighting.
Pickleball – “Two years ago we never heard the term ‘pickleball.’ Now we talk about it every week,” said Froslie who is working with local pickleball players to build four pickleball courts at Dick Samp Park on the north side by this January. Courts will eventually grow to 16 – the minimum required for regional and national tournaments.
Aquatic Center – Sometimes when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees F., it’s fun to cool off inside. A two-year, $2.5 million Aquatic Center rehabilitation is in store. The first project will be replacing the slide, which is in need of repair. “It’s the most popular amenity at the Aquatic Center and we expedited that to keep the kids happy,” said Froslie.
SARA Park Trailhead – SARA Park will be getting a facelift thanks in part to a grant from the Recreation Trails Program through Arizona State Parks and other funds from the city. Work is already underway and is expected to wrap up in September.
Havasu 280 – The Havasu 280 project could break ground in the next fiscal year – there is $1 million set aside for a utility road through the area, which the city hopes will be the future site for an environmental research facility and boat launch.
The CVB’s Kathy Silverthorn is the Heinz 57 of event planning. If you have an event you’d like to bring to the city, she’s the key executive in charge. She arranges reunions, bus tours, meetings and conventions, and fam tours, and can walk event planners through permitting, insurance, security, regattas, room blocks, and dozens of other logistical elements that makes special events, well, special. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.