SPOKANE, Wash. - After the Spokane Parks Board voted unanimously to approve the agreement between the three main entities behind the proposed downtown Sportsplex, the indoor facility is one step closer to becoming reality.
The Parks vote was important because of where the Sportsplex will likely go.
"A good majority of the property the Sportsplex is going to be built on is owned by the parks department," said Leroy Eadie, the department's director, "parks is going to be leasing it the public facilities district for 30 years."
The Public Facilities District is the entity leading the effort and will be paying the largest chunk of the $42 million expected price tag.
One building on the north bank of the river, just east of the Arena is not owned by the parks department. According to the public facilities district, they have reached an agreement with the building owner to acquire it should all entities involved green light the project.
Eadie says the new Sportsplex would tie in well with their efforts on the north bank of Riverfront Park where they are building a new park, basketball courts among other features. They would build access between the two areas, should the Sportsplex ultimately get built.
With their leasing of the land, they would also be able to hold their programs, like volleyball and basketball leagues, in the facility during the week.
Eadie says the next step is for the Spokane City Council to approve the agreement, and then also the Public Facilities District.
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