Redmond Rotary Back At Major Community Projects

Redmond Rotary is assisting with major community projects and this one lives up to DG Gerry Kosanovic's mission of having 5110 Rotarians "stepping up to the plate!"

Taken from Redmond Spokesman article by Sheila Miller

Once again, Redmond Rotary is assisting with major community projects and this one lives up to DG Gerry Kosanovic’s mission of having 5110 Rotarians “stepping up to the plate!”

The Redmond Rotary Fields at the David M. Jaqua Sports Complex have undergone a massive transformation over the past six months, most notably with the addition of the city’s first turf field – both a baseball field and a full-size soccer field, which can be used for a variety of sports, including football, lacrosse and softball.

The Redmond School District funded the project primarily with proceeds from a $2 million sale of a donated 40-acre property at 9th Street and Antler Avenue. The property was donated to the school district in 2009 by Central Oregon Irrigation District and was purchased by Wild Mike’s Ultimate Pizza. No 2020 bond funds were used for this project. In addition, the Rotary Club of Redmond also began donating as much as $15,000 each year beginning in 2019 for the project.

In addition to the green turf, the project added lights to the facility. Eventually, the district will add spectator seating, a concession stand and permanent bathrooms, as well as fencing, a PA system and other upgrades.

And yes, it looks really cool — but there’s more to the project than just being pretty. For one thing, it will save the district money. The turf is a low-maintenance product that is traditionally replaced every 10 to 15 years and undergoes cleaning — but it also saves the district’s maintenance staff tons of time and money that is spent mowing and fertilizing, and most notably on water. The district estimates the district will conserve nearly 4 million gallons of water per year by installing the turf, which also translates to a savings of more than $9,000.

Besides being a smart financial move for the district, the project also will be a boon to athletes of all ages and abilities. It provides valuable outdoor space for teams — not just from the Redmond School District — to practice and play on a state-of-the-art field. And it’s a benefit to our community, because a facility of this quality will bring regional tournaments and other programming to the area. Those people will stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our local stores.

The improvements would not have been possible without the generosity of multiple partners, most of them local businesses. The Redmond School District secured an agreement with the Community Sports Development Council, which covered 70% of the cost of the artificial turf. Hayden Homes donated funds for lighting, York Bros Excavation provided site excavation, Smith Rock Electric provided electrical work, and H.A. McCoy Engineering and Surveying provided services for the city’s approval process. All will serve as sponsors of the project.

Stay tuned for a grand opening celebration sometime this spring — we can’t wait to show the community this special new space!