The latest aerial photos of the progress at the civic corridor, plus, the turf field installation has begun. The synthetic turf field layout and location are now definable, as are the two natural grass fields.
The shape of the fields are becoming more defined, with the base being put down for the synthetic field.
Work continues to progress on schedule in the civic corridor.
The latest construction photo update from our eye in the sky.
Work is progressing nicely in the civic corridor on the new complex and the weather has been cooperative.
A different perspective on the new recreation fields.
Game On! Groundbreaking marks next step in Civic Corridor
A brief pre-ceremony rain shower did not do anything to dampen the spirit or smiles of those who have been anxiously awaiting this day.
The Celebration Residential Owners Association (CROA) officially broke ground on the latest addition to the civic corridor, a three-field recreation complex.
The community’s newest amenity will consist of a pair of natural turf fields and one synthetic turf field that will be lined for soccer and lacrosse and will proudly feature the Celebration logo at midfield.
Planning for this latest addition began earlier this decade before eventually being finalized with the Facilities Master Plan in 2015. The first priority from the plan was the development and construction of a dog park, Celebration Unleashed. Once that amenity opened and began to welcome the community’s four-legged residents, it was time to focus on not only a growing youth sports community, but also a need for additional recreational space.
Steve Waring, Executive Director for CROA, oversaw both projects as the community increases its recreation footprint. “This has taken a lot of time, a lot of work and a lot of effort, but the day has come where we’re going to have brand new athletic fields in town.” Those remarks were well received by those in attendance, especially with the members of some of the local sports leagues who attended.
CROA Board President, David Anderson, touched on Celebration’s five cornerstones during his remarks and how each can be incorporated into the new amenity. “We’re excited to be here, we’re glad you’re here, glad to celebrate and we look forward to gathering here again in six months or so.”
Following the opening remarks, members of the CROA Board donned ceremonial hard hats and ‘officially’ broke ground, although site work has been occurring since before Labor Day. Other community leaders and members of the Celebration Tropics Soccer Club and Celebration Phoenix Lacrosse, whose rosters are counting the days until their first games on the new fields, also joined the group.
Each field will also boast high intensity and low impact lighting that will allow usage past sunset. The complex, which is expected to take 6-8 months to complete, will also feature a pair of structures onsite. One will be a 3,000 sq. ft. enclosed structure that will feature restrooms, meeting rooms, concessions and storage. The other structure will be an open-air pavilion. The complex will also have Wi-Fi accessibility, along with the dog park, courtesy of Comcast. While a new parking area will be available to those utilizing the complex, hope for future plans include a walkway/trail connecting the end of this area to Celebration Avenue, near the North Village entrance, in the not-too-distant future.
With an anticipated price tag of $4.5 million, funding was made possible by several factors. The Celebration Company for its eventual development donated the land in the Civic Corridor in 2014. Second, the CROA Boards, over recent years, have made substantial contributions to a capital reserve fund, for community enhancements just like this. Third, last year’s CROA Board authorized the purchase of a four-acre parcel of land (that had been provided to the Golf Course), allowing for potential future development. Fourth, accompanying the land, The Celebration Company provided a generous donation of $400,000 for some property enhancements.
Be sure to follow along with the construction process by visiting celebration.fl.us and stay tuned next spring for the ribbon cutting.
Site work is now underway in the civic corridor for the new recreation/athletic fields.