Project Description and Location

The Downtown Youth Sports Complex is conceptually envisioned as a baseball and softball complex that can serve the growing demand for these youth sports, as documented through the growth of programs at the Runyon Sports Complex, located on the east side of downtown. County staff have worked for 18 months to procure land for a sports complex location, and have a tentative agreement with the Pueblo Conservancy District to acquire land adjacent to Lake Runyon, enabling the expansion of the Runyon Complex to the southeast. The Runyon Sports Complex Board is reviewing programming options for expansion, including development of a business plan to maintain any growth of the facility.

Lead partner for implementation:         Pueblo County

Current land/property owner:                Pueblo County, Pueblo Conservancy District

Long term maintenance/operations:     Pueblo County via Runyon Complex annual budget

Political or jurisdictional approvals:       Pueblo County

Design stage:                        conceptual – needs further study

Entitlement approvals:         none required until design complete

Outside funding partner:     Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

Outside funding status:       grant awarded in 2018

Planning and design:      survey to support land acquisition underway, designs needed

Community outreach:     currently working with Runyon Board for community input

Construction:                   requires final design

Procurement:                   will follow County process

Total cost estimate:                 uncertain; requires further programming and design

Outside funding amount:        $350,000 from GoCo

Funding required from 1A:     to be determined; expected at $1M or more

Explanation of costs:               funding will be used for land acquisition, design, soft and hard costs of construction including possible                                                               circulation roadways and utility extensions

Long term maintenance:         requesting Runyon Board identify long term maintenance budget

Supporting documents:          numerous conceptual designs drawn for Runyon expansion

Political:                         await report from Runyon Board; pursue Conservancy District land

Legal:                             draft purchase agreement for land acquisition

Design/construction:    requires confirmation for land acquisition and programming report