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Proposed unisex sports complex in Walnut Ridge

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 city park may see changes in hopes of bringing more patrons to the area.

Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge is the largest park in town, but it doesn't include a sports complex.

That could soon change thanks to a new proposal from the mayor and city council.

Charles Snapp, mayor of Walnut Ridge, said they've tried to build a complex in the past, but this time he wants to see it complete.

The new co-ed sports complex would have 4 soccer fields, 5 baseball and softball fields, and other recreational areas.

The complex would be built where the current fields are at Stewart Park.

Snapp said they lose out on many opportunities by not having resources to host games and tournaments.

He said it's all about improving the quality of life in Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County.

“The people who come into games, they eat in town,” Snapp said. “They shop in town and spend local revenue. It's not just tournaments from out of town. It's residents from all over the county that participate.”

A planning committee is in place, and their next task is to find out how much it would cost and what grants are available for the city to help with funding.

Snapp said this could be a 3 to 4 year project, but it's something he and the city council see as a positive investment of their time and resources.

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