MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 14, 2017) — Manatee County Government received a proposal today from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) offering to donate the underlying land of the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch to become a county park.
The proposal offers the 126.9-acre campus in exchange for compensation for the physical improvements that have been made to the property. It also includes an additional 36-acre parcel of land, with the request that the county construct an aquatic center and parking within the next five years.
The Premier Sports Campus improvements include parking, 22 quality irrigated fields — eight of which are lighted for evening play — and other recreational facilities. The price for the improvements is $5.2 million based on the SMR construction cost, which could potentially be paid through impact fee revenue. The cost for the aquatic center will be determined based on the scope of the facility.
According to Director of Parks and Natural Resources Charlie Hunsicker, this opportunity is important to the community.
"The addition of the Premier Sports Campus to our inventory of recreational spaces will greatly enrich the community’s recreation opportunities,” said Hunsicker. “The facility is consistent with the upcoming Parks Master Plan, and the acquisition of this site at cost only is a great opportunity for our community and the thousands of children who will be served. We are extremely grateful to Rex Jensen and the SMR community for their vision and largesse.”
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