Parks and Recreation to Expand

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"We started out with about a hundred youth basketball teams. Now we're up to about 100. So we're overcrowded."

Add to that two youth summer camps indoor volleyball and a myriad of other events and you'll know why (Bowling Green-Warren County) Parks and Recreation is expanding its facilities.

"We're always being asked for different groups: churches, state police, "Hey we'd like to bring in the state tournaments so I feel now that we'll be able to do that for our people."

The changes will include adding more office space, expanding the fitness room as well as upgrading its equipment but the biggest change will be the addition of a gymnasium containing two more high school basketball-sized courts to go along with the gym in the current structure.

"The gymnasium back there is double basketball courts and volleyball courts already, so we couldn't have went out and expanded anymore at this facility."

Karen Singleton says in the past the facility has played host to such events as the Dirt Bowl Basketball Tournament.

Now she feels with the added space these events will grow even bigger over time.

"I think because of our expansion, our Dirt Bowl will triple because we will have 4 indoor air-conditioned courts to play on."

Which Singleton says means a win-win situation for the community.

Mayor Elaine Walker says the expansion will fit perfectly within the city's Downtown Revitalization plan.

Walker says down the road an indoor swimming pool may also be added.

Construction is scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks with all the work being completed by July of next year.


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