Plans for a 27.5-acre sports park that will include several ball fields and a two-story indoor complex received approval in Hanover County last Wednesday.
The county’s Board of Supervisors unanimously granted the permit needed for the sprawling venue called RVA Sports Park that would be located on the western side of Lakeridge Parkway near Marvin Lane. The venue, which will host regional tournaments and league games, is expected to attract 400,000 annual visits, according to the projects developers.
I hope this project works because its a benefit to the community, board Chairman Aubrey M. Bucky Stanley said before the vote.
The sports park will have three outdoor turf fields for baseball and softball, in addition to an 86,000-square-foot indoor training complex that will include a weights room and space for basketball, volleyball and hockey, as well as an indoor restaurant.
Buffers between 20 and 40 feet are planned around the northern and western borders of the facility.
Scott Courtney, vice president of land development at Resource International Ltd., represented RVA Sports Park and indicated the developer would readily abide by most recommendations from the Planning Commission, including eliminating a fourth baseball field that was detailed in earlier plans.
But he pushed back on the hours of operation for both the indoor facility and baseball fields recommended by the planners.
He asked the supervisors to allow the sports complex to do away with set hours for the indoor building and requested that the hours of operation for the fields be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which would have the fields open and close an hour later than suggested by the Planning Commission. The supervisors accepted those suggestions.
The five people who objected to the project shared grievances about the hours of operation for the baseball fields as well as lighting. They were equaled in number by people who favored the project, including Tracy Woodson, head coach of University of Richmond’s baseball team, who said the facility could be an economic driver.
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