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Walnut Creek Athletic Complex Renovations

Last updated Dec. 12, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Current Activity

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. has been selected as the consultant for renovations at Walnut Creek Softball Complex. The consultant and City staff gathered input from the public in order to produce the Walnut Creek Athletic Complex Concept Development Study. The Concept Development study for the site was approved by Raleigh City Council on December 6, 2016. 

Walnut Creek Athletic Complex will be closed from January 2017 to December 2017 for renovations.

Summary

The Walnut Creek Athletic Complex is on a 105-acre site located at 1201 Sunnybrook Road. This project is intended to provide 9 renovated fields, a renovated maintenance building area, and improved ADA access to all 9 fields and public facilities. The existing facility renovation will consist of studying and making recommendations on the two tower buildings to allow for ADA renovations providing public access that meet current codes.

The construction project is funded by the 2014 bond referendum. The total project budget is proposed to be $5 million. 2014 bond project for upgrades to the existing facility, currently in the planning phases.

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
May 3, 2016Project Kick-Off for Concept Development Study
June 24, 2016Staff Work Sessions
August 11, 2016Southeast CAC Presentation
August 15, 2016Public Meeting
December 6, 2016Council Approval to continue Architectural & Engineering Design
January 2017 - December 2017Facility Closed for Renovations
February 2017Schematic Design Presentation to Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
Spring 2017 - Summer 2017Design
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018Construction

History

The complex was developed in 1992 and was a game changer for the softball community. Housing nine lighted softball fields capable of accommodating youth fast-pitch to adult men’s slow-pitch programs, WCSC quickly became a destination facility. The complex has served two primary roles over the last 20+ years. It is the host venue for the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Adult Softball programs where over 800 athletes play nightly over two seasons, and it is a tournament destination for all varieties of competitive softball generating $2.5 million annual economic impact.

WCSC has been the host for the NCAA Division III Softball Championships, NCHSAA Softball Championships, PONY Championships, North Carolina State Games and the NCSU, Shaw University and St. Augustine University Softball teams. In total, this complex hosts 36-40 weekend tournaments in addition to PRCR spring/fall programs.

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