Meeting Time: May 14, 2024 at 2:00pm EDT
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11.D) Parks and RecreationPRESENTATION - Proposed Indoor Sports and Events Center, Interim Agreement Findings and 13505 Telegraph Road Land Purchase - Seth Hendler-Voss, Parks and Recreation - Health, Wellbeing, and Environmental Sustainability

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    Joseph Cornish at May 14, 2024 at 12:35pm EDT

    Investing in a youth sports facility in Prince William County is crucial for fostering community engagement, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing young people with constructive activities that can positively impact their development. Such a facility would not only benefit the youth by encouraging physical activity and teamwork but also enhance local pride and potentially boost the economy through sports events and tourism.

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    Yasin Rahman at May 14, 2024 at 12:31pm EDT

    This is much needed in our county! This is the kind of forward thinking we need as a county to generate more revenue. What makes Fairfax and Loudon work the way they do is they have multiple areas that bring revenue from outside the county. There is a lot of money in youth sports especially in our area thousands of kids are in travel leagues spending top dollars to travel to these types of venues. We have a prime location near an entertainment district with roads and parking!

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    LaKeisha McCrayHam at May 14, 2024 at 12:24pm EDT

    We need this facility. Our athletes needs this facility. It will benefit the community clubs and schools.

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    Melba Cruz at May 14, 2024 at 12:19pm EDT

    Having an indoor facility is crucial for athletes to excel in their sport. It provides a controlled environment for practice and competitions, reducing the risk of injuries due to weather conditions. Additionally, it allows athletes to focus on their performance without worrying about external factors like wind or rain. With an indoor facility, athletes can train consistently and achieve their full potential, leading to greater success in competitions.

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    Jason Grant at May 14, 2024 at 11:21am EDT

    This is a much needed facility for the families of Prince William County, local businesses, and the further development of Prince William County as a premier destination.

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    Emily Hammond at May 14, 2024 at 10:56am EDT

    Students will not use this regularly, crazy bussing and time lost from practice, we have ALL these facilities. The presentation includes 'robot wars', skeet competitions? The price is 3x what should be spent, to appease a small group of vocal pickleball enthusiasts? Bussing costs are not included and it's wrong to include students 'paying' for the facilities, WE pay. If teachers or coaches needed this, they would have said so. This land should be for a large apartment, without question.

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    Mike Kline at May 13, 2024 at 7:41pm EDT

    This project will bring good positive exposure to Prince William County while supporting local sports teams and hosting major sporting events. Very positive for other businesses in the area and puts PW ahead of the big sisters Fairfax and Loudoun. Putting the project on the eastern end of the County helps reduce the perception that this portion is the “red headed stepchild of the County”.

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    Bryan Swan at May 13, 2024 at 4:15pm EDT

    Seth, the director who proposed this has no background in commercial level real estate and his suggestion that this will generate 50 million dollars in revenue in any capacity over its first year is comical. This is a seasonal and un-resellable loss for the county. All high schools have tracks and basketball courts. The overhead on utilities and staffing alone Will be staggering.

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    Lauren Puzder at May 13, 2024 at 1:15pm EDT

    The sports center will cost us—by the county’s own projections—a loss of $8.1 million per year, accounting for debt servicing. I’m opposed to this pricey center that the average citizen cannot or will not actually utilize.
    Taxpayers will have little chance to use this center, outside of organized groups & formal rentals. I’ve heard no discussion of public-private partnerships or grants. Why is the county is so eager to shoulder so much debt & risk for a center that most residents won’t use?