The Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department celebrated recent improvements at River City Sportsplex in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 30. The project included a 3,800 square-foot state-of-the-art building to house restrooms, concession operations and storage. The building boasts energy-saving features such as motion-activated power and water and hand dryers, providing “no touch” features, no paper waste, and operational savings. Over 500 additional parking spaces, safety fencing for all playing services, concrete walking paths, and ADA access to fields and amenities were added. Landscaping, irrigation and internal wayfinding signage rounded out the project.
Completion of the renovations took 11 months and were delayed by the coronavirus. Total cost of the project was $4.5 million.
The sports complex serves as the hub for sports tourism in Chesterfield County, attracting teams from along the east coast. With over 20 tourism events and almost 200,000 participants and spectators annually, the economic impact of this facility to the county is immense.
Christopher Winslow, Board of Supervisors representative for the Clover Hill District, spoke at the ceremony. "To be certain, the importance of a venue like River City Sportsplex not only puts Chesterfield on a map, but also the region. And the work here bolsters a shared commitment with our neighbors to grow sports tourism as a region. As other localities along the East Coast and throughout the nation attempt to replicate what we’ve done here, we will continue to invest in and market Chesterfield as the sports-tournament destination. That’s a growing and well-earned reputation."
Video of the ceremony and facility is available for viewing at https://youtu.be/BkDXGpBT9D0