Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A grant means Airway Heights will have more space for outdoor sports

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

click to enlarge A grant means Airway Heights will have more space for outdoor sports
A rendering of the proposed 70-acre recreational complex south of Deno Road in Airway Heights.

Lacking parks and fields for youth sports programs, Airway Heights has received funding for a new 70-acre recreational complex to be located south of Deno Road and west of Northern Quest Resort. 

The city secured $500,000 in funding for the first phase of the Airway Heights Recreation Complex — $1.7 million project. The complex will include fields for soccer, softball and other sports. 

J.C. Kennedy, the city's parks, recreation and community services director, says the existing parks in Airway Heights don't have the open space to lay out multi-purpose fields. The city has an agreement with the Cheney School District to use their fields for youth soccer and football programs. But as the Airway Heights community grows, more space is needed, he says.

"We just don't have open, flat space to be able to put soccer fields on," Kennedy says. 

This complex should help with that. The plan is to start construction south of Deno Road in June 2017. Of the $500,000 that has been secured, $200,000 comes from a state grant that state Rep. Jeff Holy, Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Kevin Parker helped the city receive. The other $300,000 comes from the city. 

Airway Heights is waiting to find out if it will receive an additional $500,000 in funding through another state grant. 

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