Summit County Fairgrounds to Add New Sports Fields and Pickleball Courts

The Summit County Council is set to discuss the construction of a new multi-purpose stadium at the county fairgrounds during their Wednesday meeting. If approved, the existing basketball and tennis courts will be replaced with softball, basketball, and pickleball courts at nearby Beacon Hill. The construction project, which includes paved walkways and bleachers, was awarded to Hogan & Associates Construction in April last year when the county put out a bid. This project is the second phase of the Expo Master Plan approved by the City Council in 2017.

Earlier phases of the plan included the construction of the Ledges Events Center and stables. Phases 3 and 4 are expected to move the Rodeo Arena to the east side of Chalk Creek and add overflow parking. Other items that will be discussed and pending approval during the meeting include restaurant tax fund appropriations and Rail Trail Corridor plans. City council members will review the document and open it for public comment. This document is meant to informally guide future decisions regarding trails.

During the meeting, the county manager, Shane Scott, is expected to discuss the RAP tax appropriation issue. According to Scott, businesses and groups are requesting a total of $5.6 million, but the county has very little. The meeting will also include a discussion of Summit County’s weed control program. Noxious weeds can be invasive and harmful to the environment, animals, and humans. Weed Service Supervisor Dave Bingham will provide an overview of the different weeds of concern and the county’s subsidies to fight certain species. However, no action is expected to be taken during this working session.

The meeting will begin on Zoom at 1:15 PM at the Ledges Event Center in Coalville.

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