Guthrie lands grant to begin a new sports complex

Play ball.

The City of Guthrie received a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Award letter from the Oklahoma Department of Tourism (OTRD) announcing that subject to the completion of the final paper work Guthrie was approved for a $1,000,000 grant to begin a youth sports complex at the current Owens Field Softball Complex.

The project includes the following site improvements:

  • Construction of three new fields
  • Installation of lighting system at one new field
  • 1,300 sq. ft. concessions/restroom building
  • Quick connects for irrigation at each field
  • Parking Lots- Rock with curb and gutter
  • North Parking Lot- 191 unmarked spaces
  • South Parking Lot- 58 unmarked spaces
  • ADA compliant parking area to serve all fields
  • New Entry Road- Rock with curb and gutter

The dollars to begin the project include:

  • LWCF Federal Grant-             $1,000,000
  • Local Match from City-          $1,004,039
  • Total Project Funding             $2,004,039

The Guthrie Sports Task Force appointed by the City Council, worked diligently with a wide array of city staff and City Engineer Bill Meyers of Myers Engineering to develop a project scaled to a fundable size to be both affordable and competitive for this grant opportunity.

City Manager Leroy Alsup said the Sports Task Force was chaired by Chris Evans, owner-operator, at Guthrie News Page and local sports enthusiast.

“This is great news for the Guthrie Sports Community,” Alsup said in a release. “A heart felt expression of gratitude to the Guthrie City Council for their leadership and vision for our community.”

Alsup added the grant process was a complete team effort, but special recognition should be given to Dan Kassik, City of Guthrie Planning Director/ Grant Administrator, who was the primary author in drafting the final LWCF Grant Application for submission.

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