Walnut Creek Athletic Complex Renovations
- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
- Atlantic Corporate Contracting
Priority items for implementation at Walnut Creek Athletic Complex include: complete renovation of nine fields, new fencing, sod, irrigation, shade structures over bleachers, new accessible parking area, food truck area, scorer's stations, ticket booths and renovated entrances. The location of these improvements can be found on the Walnut Creek Athletic Complex Value Engineered Plan.
Walnut Creek Athletic Complex is currently closed for renovations and will reopen on April 1, 2019 for tournament play.
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.
|May 3, 2016||Project Kick-Off for Concept Development Study|
|June 24, 2016||Staff Work Sessions|
|August 11, 2016||Southeast CAC Presentation|
|August 15, 2016||Public Meeting|
|December 6, 2016||Council Approval to continue Architectural & Engineering Design|
|January 2017 - December 2017||Facility Closed for Renovations|
|February 2017||Schematic Design Presentation to Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board|
|Spring 2017 - Summer 2017||Design|
|Winter 2017 - Spring 2019||Construction|
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.