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Sports complex moving ahead

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Plans for the upcoming Fulton County Recreational Complex are on track, according to Fulton County Judge Charles Willett.

Willett said the appraisal and survey of the building site are in progress; the land purchase will close in May; and construction on the first phase of the complex should begin in June.

Though the the sports center is still in its preliminary stages, Willett said he is already encouraged by the community.

Since December when Willett announced plans for the new facility, the park's four baseball/softball fields have been purchased by sponsors, he said.

"It's nice to see the community respond so quickly," Willett said.

Despite the immediate support, there is still much work ahead, he said.

The current plans are to build an all ADA compliant complex on 25 acres located north of the Fulton County Hospital, across from the South Fork River.

In addition to the four baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, skateboard ramp, walking trail, pavilion, picnic area and, if funds are available, possibly a soccer field and tennis court are in the works.

The county is also in the process of trying to negotiate vendor sponsorships, according to Willett.

Though Fulton County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism to begin the project, at least $62,500 needs to be raised to complete the current plans for the complex.

"Thankfully, the fields were purchased, but there's still the basketball court and skateboard ramp that need sponsorship," Willett said.

Karen Coffman with the Salem Little League Association said besides purchasing sponsorship, there are a number of ways individuals and businesses can help.

Bronze, silver or gold bricks that will be on permanent display can be purchased as a memorial. The bricks cost $250, $500 and $1,000, respectively. There is also a Fulton County Recreational Complex savings account at the Bank of Salem to which any amount of money can be donated.

"Some can't give money," Coffman said. "Anything helps -- maybe you can donate materials or labor."

Individuals with questions regarding the complex can contact Willett at 895-3341 or Coffman at 895-3310.

Direct contributions can also be mailed to P.O. Box 22, Salem, AR, 72576.

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