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Bozeman Considering Multi-Sport Park On City's Northwest Side

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The city of Bozeman is one step closer to a multi-sports park on the city's northwest side.

Monday, city commissioners approved a contract with an engineering firm to see how much it would cost to build the infrastructure needed at the park, such as sewer lines.

It is a complex that is needed in Bozeman.

"There is quite a need for field space in Bozeman," said Mitch Overton, Bozeman Parks and Recreation director.

With 3000 kids in youth soccer leagues and 300 involved in lacrosse the Bozeman Soccer Education Foundation and Bozeman Lacrosse League are pushing for a new multi-sport park.

Right now, the two organizations use the Bronken Sports Complex with only four fields.

Because of that, Overton said most of the games cannot be held in Bozeman.

"Many of our soccer teams aren't able to have many home games because we don't have enough field space so they constantly travel," said Overton.

He said the problem is even worse for lacrosse.

"They have to travel nearly every weekend because of the lack of fields here," said Overton.

The proposed project is currently broken into three phases with 22 fields; an indoor facility; two parking lots, one large enough for 20 buses and even a dog area.

In the first phase, 11 multi-sport fields will be built.

But Overton said even with those 11 fields, it would be a win-win for Bozeman.

The ability to host those events here would not only improve the athletics for the kids and lessen the travel but also help improve the economy.

The proposed sports complex would go on 80 acres at the intersection of Baxter and Flanders Mill Roads, two miles from the existing soccer complex.

"The proximity of the proposed athletic complex to Bronken certainly complements Bronken and gives us the ability of overflow usage at Broken from tournaments," said Overton.

Overton said no changes would be made to the Bronken complex.

The two organizations are looking to use $8.9 million from the Trails, Open Space and Parks fund for the project.

Two million of that will go to purchasing the property and the rest for construction.

Overton said this will be a city park when it is built.

Overton said the earliest the city commission will sign off on the final project April 7.

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