By BRADEN LAMMERS
As Vissing Park nears its completion, the Jeffersonville Parks Authority Board has turned its sights to the early phases of constructing a multisports complex near Charlestown Pike.
An animation of what the soccer complex, with a multiuse indoor facility, could become was presented to the board by James Lake, architect with Kovert Hawkins. The animation included plans to construct six soccer fields, interchangeable with football fields and an indoor multipurpose facility that could host basketball, volleyball or even table tennis.
“It communicates to anybody who sees it what we can’t communicate in 122 [project] plans,” Lake said about the animation.
The design for the plans to expand the Clark County Soccer Association fields and add an indoor multipurpose facility comes with an estimated cost of $4 million. The property for the sports complex was donated to the Clark County Soccer Association by John Woehrle, said Paul Duckworth, president of CCSA. To secure the property needed for the expanded complex, a portion is expected to be donated to the parks department.
“We’re in the process of working something out so the city [of Jeffersonvile] and the parks department will own a part of it and [CCSA] will retain the other part of it,” said Parks Department Director Paul Northam.
While plans are still being devised for the project, potential funding sources are already being explored.
“This might be a perfect project to look at a revenue bond for,” said Parks Authority Board Member Dennis Julius.
He offered the parks authority should consider conducting a study to see what amount of revenue is expected to be generated by the sports complex and potentially seek a revenue bond to pay for its construction.
The animation presented is likely to be used to look for other potential funding sources, which includes requesting money from the Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau and seek private donations through sponsors.
Security package at Vissing Park
A surveillance package to be installed at Vissing Park was presented to the parks authority board Monday, but no action was taken as the board needs to request additional quotes from different companies.
Security Pros presented a plan to install cameras and a motion-sensor alert system for the park totaling $147,500.
While sealed bids do not need to be taken for proposals under $150,000, Parks Authority Attorney Scott Lewis said the board still needs to seek multiple quotes for the proposed project.
The board agreed to allow Northam to solicit additional bids and bring the offers back to its next meeting.
Matt Gullo, with Kovert-Hawkins, said Vissing park is 90 to 95 percent complete.
Northam said he hopes to have a soft opening for the park in January. He said the softball fields will remain closed until April, but the basketball court, playgrounds, shelters and trails will all be open soon.
During his update on the park’s progress, Gullo presented a change order that returned $25,000 to the project due to a dog park that is no longer being considered. However, it was added that it could be constructed in the park at a later date.
More than $6,000 for grass seeding and $1,900 additional cost for netting that will go over the playground at the park returned $16,921 back to the project contingency allowance.
Northam added that it is likely some of the contingency allowance will be used on a signage package for the park.
Building a better web presence
Northam requested $7,850 to update the parks department’s three websites.
He said ProMedia has been contacted to update the websites, which includes a separate site for RiverStage events and for Smokin’ on the River. In addition, there would be a $600 annual fee to maintain all three sites.
No decision was made on the proposal and the parks authority board asked Northam to seek additional quotes to update the department website.