By Sadie Hunter
At a press conference Nov. 29 at Noblesville City Hall, city officials announced plans for a $15 million youth sports facility to be located at the in-the-works Finch Creek Park.
The city will partner with Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities for the 130,000-square-foot project off Boden Road.
The facility will include five hardwood courts, 75,000 square feet of indoor turf and 10,000 square feet for physical therapy offices.
“We love our youth sports in Noblesville, but we’ve heard time and again how they need more room, more courts, more fields and more practice time. And we’ve listened,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear stated.
The Noblesville Fieldhouse will encompass 10 acres within the 203 acres of Finch Creek Park, the city’s sixth park, which is expected to break ground in late spring 2017.
To help fund the project, the City of Noblesville will contribute $600,000 each year of new revenue from the facility’s property taxes and rental fees of the city’s Fieldhouse time, offset by the sale of 10 acres of land for $1 million. In addition, Noblesville would contribute a maximum of $200,000 of new dollars each year – a figure that Mayor Ditslear said will be driven lower as the facility generates more of its own property taxes to fund itself. The city has said funding will not come from the annual city budget’s general fund.
The Noblesville Common Council will consider the proposal at its meeting tonight, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Noblesville City Hall Council Chambers, 16 S. 10th St.