HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and even quidditch could all have a new home at a 200-acre facility in Henrico at Greenwood Park if a bond referendum is passed next month on Election Day.
Voters will have a chance to approve $87 million worth of funding for the parks projects, as well as capital improvement projects for the county's schools, fire department, roadways, and libraries.
Building a sports complex at Greenwood Park has been in the works in Henrico for several years.
"Greenwood Park in envisioned to be both a sports complex that will accommodate the tourists on weekends, but also teams form within the county,"
said Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas.
If approved, Vithoulkas says the facility will allow Henrico to capitalize on revenue from sports tourists who come for weekend tournaments, and stay in area hotels, dine in area restaurants, and shop in local stores during their stay.
Vithoulkas says Henrico has already seen a big boost from sports events in neighboring counties.
"These folks are coming in, they like what they see, there are things to do, there is history. There is so much to see in our region. Part of the recreation and parks package tries to take advantage of that by adding additional fields and facilities," said Vithoulkas.
If the parks projects passes the vote, money would also be used build Taylor Park, a 99-acre complex in Sandston with sports field, trails, and playgrounds. Funds would also be allocated toward rehabbing older parks like Cheswick, Dorey, and Deep Run.
"We have a number of facilities that have served the county very, very well and it's time for an update," said Vithoulkas.
Vithoulkas say assuming the debt to finance the projects will not impact real estate taxes.
The bond referendum also includes a $24 million proposal to build a new library in eastern Henrico and a $14 million proposal to a nearly two-mile stretch of the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike near Richmond International Raceway.
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