Lease signed with county for youth sports complex

Kathy Swanand Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

A lease agreement signed Monday clears way for construction of the Pawhuska Youth Sports Complex, a proposed ballfield facility near the Osage County Fairgrounds.

Last month, Osage County Commission members voted 2-1 to allow the use of 20-plus acres of unused public land for the project. Commissioners stipulated that the proponents of the sports complex must have the land legally surveyed and present final design plans before the lease would be granted.

The four-field complex is to be located east of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, according to the plans offered Monday.

Although approximately $58,000 in private funding is already in place to pay the initial costs, a community fundraising effort will be needed to complete the project.

Contributions for the local facility are being accepted through the Tulsa Community Foundation, 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK 74136. The Pawhuska Youth Sports Complex is a nonprofit organization with a 501(c) 3.

Beth Reed, a spokesperson for the youth sports group, said the facility is to be financed entirely with private money.

She went on to point out: “It’s not just about baseball fields.”

“Yes, the kids will get to play ball – awesome,” Reed continued. “But, it’s about what it will bring to Pawhuska and how it is going to affect our businesses.

“It’s going to do so much for our community,” she said.

Reed explained that the site will not have enough room for soccer fields, however.

“Eventually, we would like to develop soccer fields and football fields, throughout the county,” said Reed.