Aug 15, 2012 10:01 AM by Samantha Ptashkin
TUCSON- Pima County youth looking to shoot hoops, or spike a volleyball soon won't have to travel very far to find a place to play.
Pima County has teamed up with a Tucson non-profit sports organization to build a new indoor sports complex on the Northwest side.
The Southern Arizona Indoor Sports Center will be located next to Curtis Park, near River Road and La Cholla Boulevard.
The 40,000 square foot facility will have multiple basketball and volleyball courts.
"A lot of the leagues, clubs and organizations trying to get kids active in these sports found that it was nearly impossible to find any affordable space for them to have leagues and practice," Don Tringali says.
Tringali works for Southern Arizona Community Sports. The non-profit teamed up with the county to build the complex.
Southern Arizona Community Sports will operate the facility and Pima County will pay for the construction costs.
"It's leveraging those public dollars with private dollars that end up benefiting all of us in the community," Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson says.
Bronson represents District 3, where the facility is being built. It's the center of the Flowing Wells School District, where more than half of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. "This is going to provide an opportunity for them to experience team sports and experience a healthy lifestyle," Bronson says.
Basketball players like 13-year-old Jack Hadley are also looking forward to having a new place to practice. Hadley plays for two club teams in town and says it's often difficult to find a court to play on. "I think this will make it easier for teams to practice and people will just come to play for fun," Hadley says.
Construction on the facility could start as early as September. Bronson says the goal is to get it completed by October 2013.