Quincy to search for funding for indoor recreation facility challenge


QUINC – Quincy City officials will seek funding to build an indoor recreation facility in 2023. Quincy City Council members directed city officials to begin seeking funds for the project in a 6-0 vote during Tuesday’s regular session.

Without discussion, council members decided to seek funding to build an approximately 143,000 square foot facility, the largest of the four options presented to the council in late 2021. When completed, the Quincy Field House will be located in a currently undeveloped section of Lauzier Park, just off 13th Avenue Northwest.

City Manager Pat Haley said in a later interview that preliminary plans for the project included the option of building the facility in phases or all at once.

“They went for the full build option,” said Haley. “The Council has decided that they do not want to phase it out.”

Quincy Parks and Recreation Director Russ Harrington said in a later interview that the field house would be part of a larger project of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities at the park.

“It’s about 30 acres that we’re going to develop out there,” Harrington said.

The estimated cost is approximately $23 million. Haley said this includes some adjustment for inflation.

“We have about half (of the funding) on ​​budget,” Haley said. “Now we have to find the other half.”

City officials will seek private as well as state and federal funding, he said, and may fund part of the project through a bond issue.

“We’re going to be on the lookout for whatever we can,” Harrington said.

The new facility would accommodate four fields for 7-on-7 football and two fields for 9-on-9 football. Harrington said it would be about the size of a football field.

Two basketball courts would be continuous and have markings for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball. The basketball courts would have bleachers, but the soccer field would not have bleachers, Harrington said.

Over time, the space could also be used for community events or possibly a winter market, Harrington said.

“It’s not just for sport,” he said.

But that would require additional — and removable — flooring to protect the turf in the fields, he said.

Haley said he doesn’t expect the project to start in 2023.

“Unless there is a miracle from heaven,” he added.

When complete, it has the potential to make Quincy attractive to groups looking to host year-round sports tournaments, among other things, he said.

“That’ll make Quincy known,” Haley said.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at [email protected]