Eleven properties to be considered for sportsplex

February 25, 2009



The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority board of directors this Monday will review 11 properties submitted last week for a new sportsplex. 


About 50 acres of relatively flat land is needed for construction of the sportsplex, CLRA officials said. 


Property owners were invited to submit land for sale for a sportsplex by Friday. 


CLRA officials will narrow the list and present two properties to the Columbus City Council and Lowndes County Board of Supervisors. 


Officials would not disclose details about the properties in advance of Monday''s meeting. But the properties include land in the Burns Bottom area, and land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near the Riverwalk. 


An ad hoc recreation committee of city, county and park officials -- formed in November 2008 -- likely will review the recommendations to be made to the council and supervisors, before the property officially is presented to city and county officials. 


The CLRA, city and county officials earlier held a public forum to provide information about the project and receive feedback from area residents. 


During the public meeting, several residents urged officials to begin work on the sportsplex as quickly as possible.