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Sealston sports complex proceeds
Plans proceeding for second phase of Sealston Sports Complex in King George County

Date published: 5/8/2011

By CATHY DYSON

The Sealston Sports Complex in King George County already has five fields for almost every kind of sport involving a ball.

Soon it may have restrooms, concessions, a picnic shelter, a parking area, a perimeter trail and lights.

The Board of Supervisors last week agreed to pay an engineering firm $28,460 to design the second phase of the complex.

Construction is estimated at $550,000, and supervisors tentatively have appropriated money in their capital improvements fund.

The complex is on 90 acres of county land next to Sealston Elementary School, off State Route 3.

Plans for the athletic complex have been in the works since 2004.

The first phase was completed in 2009 and included four baseball-softball fields and one multipurpose field, said Tim Smith, director of parks and recreation.

The complex helped the county meet its growing need for places for people to play ball, Smith said.

"They're being used more and more each year," he added.

Sealston fields have hosted Parks and Recreation Department and Little League games, field hockey practice and a soccer tournament.

The new amenities will make the complex even more user-friendly, said Smith, noting that people would much rather use restrooms than portable toilets.

Plans call for a shelter to accommodate 150 to 200 people and a trail that runs the perimeter of the property. Parents could walk the trail--and get some exercise--while their children are practicing, Smith said.

Two of the existing fields would get lights, and one field would be modified to accommodate older teams.

Fences on the current fields aren't high enough to accommodate teen or adult teams, Smith said.

All the fields would be usable by various ages and groups.

"Nothing is geared for any one group," Smith said. "In this day and age, you can't afford to do that."

County Administrator Travis Quesenberry said the design work should be completed by midsummer.

Smith hopes most of the construction can be done by the end of the year.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com