NEW ALBANY — Mayor Jeff Gahan and his administration laid out their plans for an aquatic center, multi-use recreational facility and a substantial paving campaign before the New Albany City Council during a work session Tuesday.
The projects have been on the table for weeks now, but a substantial change to what had been proposed as a youth baseball park was announced during the meeting.
Last week, New Albany Little League confirmed it would press ahead with its own baseball and softball park off Charlestown Road. Instead of building another baseball park on the former Hoosier Panel site off Silver Street, Gahan is now seeking to construct a multi-use sports complex on the property.
It would include two sizable lots consisting of field turf that could be used for youth football, baseball and soccer. In addition, the administration is also considering building an indoor facility on the 15-acre site that could be utilized for a variety of sports.
Floyd County retained the primary indoor recreational facility, the Southern Indiana Sports Center, when the city ended the joint parks department last year.
The park would also include walking trails, a skate park and possibly a water fountain. The exact cost of the project wasn’t announced, but Economic Development Director David Duggins said the price to purchase the Hoosier Panel property would be $1.3 million.
The council is slated to vote Thursday on an agreement that would allow the New Albany Redevelopment Authority to pay for the proposed recreational projects with tax-increment financing revenue and lease the facilities to the New Albany Redevelopment Commission.
“If the redevelopment commission is allowed to carry out their mission, it will transform the entire city,” Gahan said.
CAMILLE WRIGHT SITE TARGETED FOR AQUATIC CENTER
Details of the proposed aquatic center were also released during the work session, and the location was the major announcement.