The complex will cost approximately $18 million with additional cost for public improvements (entrances and interior roadways.) The project will be paid for through local and state funding, grants, and private loans.
The complex will be self-sustained through its operational income. Outlined in its detailed business plan, Prospect Meadows foresees a $3 million budget once fully operational. These numbers are based on data from similar complexes in other areas of the country, Perfect Game USA and the local Convention and Visitors Bureau. After ensuring the complex is maintained and has funds for reserve, Prospect Meadows plans to donate a portion of net proceeds back to the community.
More than 60,000 out-of-the-area visitors will come to the area each year for games, filling 60,000 hotel room nights due to extended stays. All in all, more than 120,000 unique people will visit Prospect Meadows annually.
Softball and baseball games and leagues will be scheduled by appointment. The complex will help fulfill the need for fields due to the shortage in the area. Additionally, families with children in different age brackets often have to go to multiple locations/cities for tournaments at the same time. Due to the number of fields at Prospect Meadows, multiple tournaments may be held at one time, lessening the need for families to split among several locations.
Prospect Meadows will work collaboratively with existing fields. The larger fields at Prospect Meadows will be utilized an estimated 60 percent of the time by Perfect Game-hosted tournaments, keeping the need for existing fields for other games. Also, existing fields could be used as warm-up fields for these major tournaments or as additional fields for extremely large tournaments.
The complex will be located on 121 acres northeast of Marion, just south of County Home Rd. and east of Highway 13—easy access from I-380 and Highways 30 and 151. Entrances will be located off of both County Home Rd. and Highway 13.
There will be 17 fields: eight will have fences at 380 feet; another eight will have fences at 300 feet; and one will be the Miracle Field for persons with disabilities. There will be seating and lights, as well as sound systems and scoreboards. Additionally, there will be concessions, restrooms and press boxes.
The complex will include 1,200 parking spaces, a two-acre flower garden, a walking trail, a supervised playground and a recreational pond. Existing wetlands will be expanded.
"Green" components will include high-efficiency lighting, low-volume plumbing with timed shut-offs, and the use of solar power is being explored. Bio swales and multiple rain gardens are proposed to address run-off, rain water-capture via the pond and roofs for irrigation and storm water best practices will be incorporated.
Prospect Meadows' ground breaking for Phase I is slated for the Fall of 2017. Construction will take approximately one year. The facility will be operational in 2018. Phase II design and construction will follow in 2021.
The benefits are numerous and speak to the importance of having such a complex as part of a metro area with a large population center right there.
Prospect Meadows Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3), holds the complex and overall responsibility of it.
Day-to-day operations will be handled by a General Manager and staff who are employed by Prospect Meadows.
Prospect Meadows will create 155 full-time and part-time jobs with an annual payroll of more than $600,000.
Prospect Meadows will create $20 million in direct spending in the area each year. This is anticipated being mainly new revenue to the area.
For more information on Prospect Meadows please contact Jack Roeder at 319-393-1684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org