CONCORD — A tournament sports complex planned for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station would provide much-needed playing fields and could bring the city an influx of cash from athletic competitions.
In addition to housing and commercial space, the reuse plan for the former military base designates 75 acres for a sports facility and 100 acres for an adjacent community park. The sports park may include multi-use athletic fields, ball fields, concession stands and a playground, according to Steve Voorhies, Concord’s director of parks and recreation.
“This is really the opportunity of a lifetime,” Voorhies said. “Concord hasn’t seen large-scale, major recreation asset development like this for several decades.”
The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission, which has begun working on a conceptual plan for the sports park, plans to review similar facilities to determine the best size and mix of amenities for the Concord facility.
One project city leaders may consider as a model is the 175-acre sports park that is part of the FivePoint housing development on the former El Toro Marine Corps base in Irvine. The first phase of the park — which includes volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields and stadiums for tennis, soccer and volleyball — is scheduled to open this summer.
The reuse area plan calls for building up to 12,200 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres of the former weapons station property. The East Bay Regional Park District will receive 2,600 acres for the future Concord Hills Regional Park. The Navy is scheduled to begin transferring land…
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