The City Council on Monday expressed support for a feasibility study to explore the possibility of a partnership with the Spring Valley Athletic Association to expand the existing offerings at Huffhines Recreation Center to include multi-use courts. The SVAA board approved nearly $26,000 to cover half of the cost of the feasibility study, and as a potential partner in the venture, the City has been asked to fund the other half.
SVAA is a non-profit, volunteer organization that sponsors youth baseball, softball, T-ball, basketball, football and volleyball leagues. They use City of Richardson, Richardson ISD, Dallas ISD and private facilities for games and practices but are limited by schedules already in place at those facilities. The organization is seeking a partner to help develop a multi-use facility that would be primarily dedicated to its youth sports and schedule them as a top priority, although the facility could be used for other events, such as Corporate Challenge.
The City of Richardson’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan calls for an expansion of Huffhines Recreation Center to include additional gymnasium space and if feasible the development of a separate venue to include 12 to 16 courts for volleyball and basketball. A partnership between the City and SVAA could speed up the recreation center expansion or development of another venue.
The feasibility study will be conducted by Ballard King and Associates and is expected to take six to eight months to complete.
Watch the City Council work session presentation at http://bit.ly/10bVQBk.