TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — It appears a facelift for the county’s recreation center is on the way as Lucas County commissioners discussed plans for improvements on Monday.
District commissioners held a press conference to discuss a proposal submitted for the comprehensive plan for the recreation center.
Lucas County Commissioner Gary Byers said county officials received a response from a company that has a “demonstrated track record” of developing more than 25 high-performance sports, recreational events and entertainment facilities, including the Cedar Pointe Athletic Center in Sandusky.
He added that the RFP will cover all aspects of the recreation center, including the building, sports fields and plazas. The commissioners did not name the bidding company.
The recreation center is located between Key Street and Michigan Avenue in Maumee and encompasses approximately 70 acres. The property includes Ned Skeldon Stadium, seven baseball and softball diamonds, six outdoor handball courts and the Northwest Ohio Quarter Midget Racing organization.
In addition, the property is home to six tennis courts, a soccer field, a running track, and a hiking trail.
County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak said she is confident in the commissioner’s decision to improve the building and its offerings.
“We will have more information on how we can make this a beautiful place with many possibilities, both with the current types of recreational use and with some additional uses that are trendier and what more young people and families are looking for,” she said.
As the commissioners look to the centre’s future, they also celebrate its rich past by offering fans seats at Ned Stadium.
“I think anyone in town who has ever been to the Ned will find this particularly nostalgic and interesting. We’re going to develop a priority system so people can apply for one of those chairs and have a little piece of history,” Byers said.
To request a spot at the stadium, email the Board of Directors at [email protected]
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