Sports Complex: A want or need?

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 03:11 PM.

The Boys and Girls Club is located on Greenway Trail, close to South Walton High School .

David Bludworth also feels it should be located near the high school, as does Allison Yii.

"I would love the complex at that location closest to the dog park/library area. It has good access and is a good middle ground," said Yii. 

Malcolm Patterson offered his insight by saying, "If TDC funds are going to be used to build a sports complex, I do not think it wise. Bay County ( Panama City ) has spent millions on such a complex and it seems to be quite successful. But they have things Walton does not. They have an established program that they have spent years developing. And most important is they have affordable lodging.”

“Walton has, for many years, targeted the up-scale population. Folks that travel with sports teams look for cheap lodging,” he added. “I don’t think Walton has much to offer in this price range. It would take several hundred units to house enough participants to make such a venture successful. That's not going to happen anytime in the near future. And it must be tourist related to qualify for TDC funds. Local participation would not qualify for TDC funding. But if it were to be funded from the General Fund, it would be a great idea.”



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