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The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has begun preliminary work on a proposed sports complex for Blair County that could be constructed at Strawberry Hills in Logan Township — or maybe somewhere like Lakemont Park.

Many people enthused about the idea have approached Executive Director Mike Hofer since news about the proposal broke two months ago, including a couple of architects who’ve been helping with preliminary sketches and by “working up numbers,” Hofer said at a recent CBRC meeting.

The effort is part of what needs to happen before a formal go-ahead from the city, the township and the Altoona Area School District, which comprise the commission. That would be followed by fundraising.

The idea has already gained traction, according to commission officials.

“I can’t go anywhere without someone saying, ‘This is a great idea,’” Hofer said. Many say such a complex is “desperately needed.”

The sooner it happens, the better, he said.

Still, the facility would cost “millions and millions,” according to Hofer.

It could resemble the $11.5 million Nittany Valley Sports Centre in State College.

A first phase here could consist of a 50-by-70-yard area of artificial turf, with surrounding basketball courts and a walking track, sports performance training area and offices on a second floor, Hofer said in January.

There could be six additional basketball courts in Phase 2, he said then.

Such a complex could provide a venue for tournaments, games, practice and training for basketball, baseball, softball, football, soccer, wrestling, golf, gymnastics, pickleball — even band, Hofer said.

It would be used day and night all year, Hofer predicted at the recent meeting.

The initial presumption was that the complex would go on the 100-acre township-owned Strawberry Hills.

Recently, however, management at Lakemont Park — also in Logan Township — asked commission leadership to consider its grounds as a possible location, to complement the park’s existing facilities, Hofer said.

The idea of the indoor sports complex is “a wonderful concept,” said Andrea Cohen, president of Lakemont Park, in a phone interview after the meeting, which she did not attend.

But she isn’t prepared to talk yet about the possibility of the complex being located at Lakemont, she said.

“Wherever it will be needs to be explored in detail,” Cohen said.

Preparations should involve a feasibility study on the economic impact, along with a funding chart and outline of how the funds could be acquired, according to Cohen.

“At this point, it’s a lot of talk, and everybody’s excited,” she said. “I hope they can do some research and make it a reality.”

Maybe Lakemont Park would be a better location, said commission member Kelly Irwin Adams, a school board member.

The complex should go where it would benefit the community the most, and Strawberry Hills is likely to be that place, if only because of an existing debt load connected with Lakemont Park, Frontino said.

There is already interest from local soccer enthusiasts in constructing soccer fields at Strawberry Hills, which would complement the proposed indoor facility, according to Frontino.

The CBRC is currently working on converting …….

Source: https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2022/03/sports-complex-drawing-support/

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has begun preliminary work on a proposed sports complex for Blair County that could be constructed at Strawberry Hills in Logan Township — or maybe somewhere like Lakemont Park.

Many people enthused about the idea have approached Executive Director Mike Hofer since news about the proposal broke two months ago, including a couple of architects who’ve been helping with preliminary sketches and by “working up numbers,” Hofer said at a recent CBRC meeting.

The effort is part of what needs to happen before a formal go-ahead from the city, the township and the Altoona Area School District, which comprise the commission. That…….

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has begun preliminary work on a proposed sports complex for Blair County that could be constructed at Strawberry Hills in Logan Township — or maybe somewhere like Lakemont Park.

Many people enthused about the idea have approached Executive Director Mike Hofer since news about the proposal broke two months ago, including a couple of architects who’ve been helping with preliminary sketches and by “working up numbers,” Hofer said at a recent CBRC meeting.

The effort is part of what needs to happen before a formal go-ahead from the city, the township and the Altoona Area School District, which comprise the commission. That…….

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