South Walton Sports Complex Update

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  1. j p nettles

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    It helps Davis get what he wants. He got millions from the state for "selling" land that he gets to keep.
     
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    Good article on this item with local comments in this weeks Sun paper.
     
  4. Kurt Lischka

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    As reported on WZEP AM 1460 from yesterday's BCC meeting:

    Administrator Larry Jones gave an update on a possible sports complex in southern Walton. He talked about the public meetings, funding, possible locations and what they want the park to look like. Commissioner Imfeld said he not only wants to see a source of funding identified, but to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the parcels. Commissioner Meadows said she likes the parcel of land at the old sprayfield. She said they should use the BP money to buy the property and move ahead on getting sports fields in south Walton. Imfeld said he would like to see the various funding options that are available and the BP money could be used to catch up on other projects. Meadows said they are battling over who will use Helen McCall Park fields and the sports complex is needed.
     
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    As long as it doesn't come with a permanent funnel of tax dollars to a private company to "manage" it.
     
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    We are glad Mrs. Meadows is fighting for our children! This new complex is so terribly needed!
     
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    I would like them to buy "dry" land for these sports fields. It makes no sense to buy and build in locations that frequently can't be used because they are too wet or flooded. Or to buy land that has possible health risks from chemicals.
     
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    Walton county BCC voted to pursue purchase of 34.63 acres located on east US 98 for development of a sports complex for our local citizens. We will also be looking at the feasibility of leasing acreage in Miramar for open space/multi purpose practice areas. An additional $300,000 will be funded to improve facilities at Helen McCall Park including but not limited to: additional restrooms, storage area, lights, fencing, parking, security technology and tennis courts.

    The purchase will be funded by borrowing the funds from a previous loan. The BCC will send out a Request For Proposal (RFP) for design and construction of the complex and other improvements. A timeline will be forthcoming.
     
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    Why are they leasing property in Miramar? Is that area going to wake up one day and say they don't need/want it anymore?
     
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    As reported on WZEP AM 1460

    The Walton Commissioners agreed to buy land for a new sports complex. Saying there is a need and another parcel like this might not come again anytime soon, the commissioners agreed 5-0 to buy the land connected to the site the school board recently purchased.

    The county’s appraisal and an appraisal done by land owner M.C. Davis were apart, around $1 million versus just over $3 million. While the seller usually does not get an appraisal, Davis asked and the commissioners agreed. Davis came back with a proposal of $2.4 million. plus $400,00 for the county’s share share of a common access road. Since the amount is much more than the appraisal, it takes at least a 4-1 vote to pass.

    Commissioner Bill Chapman said they only have $10 million to work with for the parks in south Walton. After the land purchase, work on Helen McCall Park and other costs, only around $5 million will be left. Commissioner Cindy Meadows said they should be able to build the sports complex with $5 million; that this should be a way to get started. Chapman said he agrees, his point was residents need to understand you can only build what you can with the amount available. Commissioner Sara Comander asked if the parents could also help, help the way it has been done in the past on the north end.

    South Walton resident and mom, Emily Weekly, presented signatures of people who want the park as well as letters from leagues wanting to use it and asking to be part of the design process. She also asked to table the discussion about tennis courts for Helen McCall until a meeting on the south end that more parents could attend. Later commissioners moved forward with the tennis courts, but allowed for more input in the design.

    Resident Alan Osborne told the commissioners they will never get a chance to buy land like this again. He also talked about the growth in south Walton, especially the growth in the student population. He said all these decisions are effecting the kids.

    Commissioners agreed to buy the land on a 5-0 vote.
     
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    Has the construction started yet?
     
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    It may be an empty lot now, but in a matter of months, this area will be transformed. Both Walton County officials and school district representatives are working on projects to help with the growth in South Walton.

    Last May, the Walton County Commission approved the building of a new sports complex off Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. This came to light after many parents came forward and said the county's current facilities didn't meet all the needs for their kids.

    "We are hoping by putting this in the south end, we can certainly give more athletic opportunities to our youth but also just families as a whole to come out and enjoy this property," said Louis Svehla, Public Information Officer for the county.

    Meanwhile, the school district has also seen major growth in the south end.

    "Butler Elementary and Bay are both at capacity right now and we see a growth in the primary grades and Pre-K moving forward," said Mark Gardner, Director of Facilities for the School District.

    Both the sports complex and the school will be in the same location. The county and school district have been meeting to discuss splitting the cost of things like utilities, water, and even the road that will give access to these facilities.

    "If we build the boulevard and share that cost up front and share that development, then we are doing diligent work to put it in right the first time," said Gardner.

    "It allows us to continue this relationship to further development of these parcels," said Svehla.

    The county is still in the negotiation phase with a firm they have selected to design the sports complex. Once they come to an agreement, a draft design for the complex could be brought to Commissioners within 90 days. As for school district officials, in the coming months they will start looking for someone to design their school as well.

    Now at this same location a property owner is looking to build some housing and businesses. These plans however, have not been approved, and are still in the discussion phase.

    WJHG report
     
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    http://www.co.walton.fl.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=7810

    Date: April 29, 2015


    Time:6:00 PM


    Address:
    South Walton Annex
    31 Coastal Centre Blvd
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL





    The Walton County Board of County Commissioners wants your help in designing the South Walton Sports Complex! Join us on the evening of April 29th to learn more about our South Walton Sports Complex Master Planning process.


    Representatives from our Planning and Design Consultants, Lose & Associates, will be on hand to discuss the upcoming planning and design process and take input from the public. This will be the first of several meetings and will kick-off the planning and design process. Further meetings will be held at a later date once plan recommendations are ready for public review.
     
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    On July 18, the Walton County Board of County
    Commissioners awarded the Invitation to Bid (ITB) for
    the new Sports Park that will be built in south Walton
    County to CW Roberts Construction.
    The awarding of the ITB at that time was
    contingent upon Walton County staff working with CW
    Roberts to value engineering the design that was created
    by the design firm to meet the county’s budgeted funding
    amount of $6,134,000.
    Since the awarding of the ITB, the staff has
    been working diligently to value engineer the design to
    cut costs, as well as keep several important design and
    functional elements in the park that will give it a south
    Walton County charm.
    During the scheduled BCC meeting that will be
    held on September 12th, staff will present a contract for
    approval for construction by the BCC.
    Upon approval of the contract, CW Roberts could
    begin construction within 45 days. Once construction has
    begun, the timeline for complete park construction is 360
    days.
     
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    Sounds like CW Roberts gets a lot of county contracts...

    At least we'll have another park.
     
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    South Walton Sports Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony

    On Monday, November 6th, at 11:00am, the Walton County BCC will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the South Walton Sports Complex located of US Hwy 98.

    Entrance to the ceremony will be on the newly constructed MC Davis Blvd that intersects with US Hwy 98 and is located approximately ¼ mile west of Serenoa Road.
     
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    The BCC has decided the name will be:
    Walton Sports Complex
     
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    Walton County

    On Wednesday, November 6, at 10:00am, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Walton County Sports Complex.

    The event will take place at the Walton County Sports Complex located at 240 MC Davis Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach. The facility is located behind the new Dune Lake Elementary School.

    This Complex offers a number of amenities to the public that improve the sports and recreational opportunities in the area. The park features:
    • A lighted multi-use field complex that features 3 full-sized multi-use fields
    • A lighted 3-field baseball/softball complex
    • A restroom/concession building
    • A separate restroom facility located adjacent to the multi-use complex
    • Playground areas
    • Greenspace/Picnic Areas
    • Large parking area
    The Walton County Sports Complex is a project that began in April of 2014 with the purchase of 32 acres of land from Forest View, LLC, in the amount of $2.4 million. Following the purchase, the design of the park was awarded to and completed by Lose & Associates. Upon completion of design, the construction contract was awarded to CW Roberts in July of 2017.

    Construction began in August of 2017 and has now reached it completion.

    The addition of these fields adds much needed support to our areas recreational youth sports programs as well as provides an additional opportunity for family recreation south of the bay.
     
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