The Guthrie city council unanimously voted to establish a Sports Complex Task Force to research and find ways to bring a much-needed, overdue youth sports complex to Guthrie.
The Task Force is anticipated to research the primary sports to be incorporated into a complex, identification and evaluation of proposed sites, cost estimate, operation and maintenance plan and format to pay for the proposed complex.
The team will also consider the possibility of adding auxiliary amenities such as a playground or a splash pad.
Currently the youth sports of football, soccer, baseball and softball all play at various sites throughout town.
Little league baseball plays their league games in the Cottonwood Flats. The league is limited in their infrastructure due to the ball fields being in a flood zone. On game nights, a mobile concession stand and portable restrooms are needed for fans, coaches and players.
Little league softball and soccer each play on the west side of town.
Mayor Steve Gentling nominated the task force members, including the presidents of each league. Those members are Laurel Davis (soccer), Daniel Calvert (baseball), Robbie Rainwater (football) and Sam Clift (softball). Other members include James Duehning (parent), Chris Evans (citizen), Shawn Ingle (baseball), Jon Chappell (athletic director) and Jan Goodyear (realtor).
City staff will be included in the discussions, including City Manager Leroy Alsup. In addition, the City’s engineering group, Myers Engineering, will be utilized to provide technical assistance.
Last year, the City of Guthrie did a survey of citizens looking for input on what they would like to see in the community with the approved three-quarters of a penny sales tax. Near the top of the list was youth activities.