ABILENE, Texas - Nelson Park in Abilene may become a new hub for youth sports if the Abilene Youth Sports Authority gets its $10 million project off the ground.
The organization plans to build an indoor sports facility that will house volleyball, basketball and other recreational sports.
Debi Schultz with the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau said they anticipate the complex will bring more revenue to the city, saying the influx of visitors will bring money to hotels and local businesses.
AYSA Director Jon Smith has been working on the project for three years. He said there is a great need for a sports complex. Sports teams often use local schools to host tournaments or go to larger venues out of Abilene. Parents from Abilene travel to Lubbock and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to see their children compete in tournaments.
Smith says with the new complex, they won’t need to travel so far.
"This is something the community will support in a big way because this is for a legacy from generations to come," Smith said.
As of Thursday, AYSA has raised $6 million. They are now looking to raise the remaining $4 million to fund the project. They hope to break ground in the beginning of 2018.
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