December 16 - Fauquier County’s board of supervisors on Thursday approved the development of a new Central Sports Complex that will include four 60-foot fields and one 90-foot diamond.
The county’s four supervisors voted unanimously to approve the project, which has been debated by county executives and community members for nearly two decades. The complex will be located adjacent to the Fauquier County Fairgrounds, roughly 10 minutes southeast of Warrenton.
The addition of the fields will help alleviate a shortage faced by the county’s baseball groups.
To date, Fauquier has just nine 90-foot diamonds - one at each of the county’s four high schools, three at middle schools, one at an elementary school and one at Northern Fauquier Community Park. The new complex’s four 60-foot diamonds and close proximity to the commerce district in Warrenton could also allow for hosting youth tournaments.
“Hopefully it’ll help lessen the burden,” Kettle Run coach Ty Thorpe said. “It’s going to create opportunities to hopefully keep growing baseball in our county and get more kids involved. If it’s going to be like the Northern Park complex, it’ll be really nice.”
The 74-acre complex will cost $12.4 million and development could begin as soon as next month. Construction is expected to take 20 months, with an eye on an August 2020 opening. The complex will also include six multi-purpose rectangular fields and muti-purpose and horse trails.
Image courtesy of Fauquier County