Construction of sports complex to begin

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Groundbreaking for the Cabot Sports and Aquatic Complex, possibly the catalyst for an array of capital improvements seen around the city, will be held this Thursday.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., at the site for the complex, off Bill Foster Highway (Arkansas Highway 321) across from the Cabot School’s Academic Center of Excellence.

Parks and Recreation chairman Maggie Cope set the date during the June 17 commission meeting, shortly after the commission approved the final concept drawing for the complex. Approval of the concept was the last step leading to actual construction; on May 27 the Parks and Recreation Commission approved a $5-million bid for construction of the multi-field Sports Complex.

The site is 50 acres and will include a nine-field baseball and softball complex, the outdoor pool facility, walking trail and other amenities.

Mayor Bill Cypert, also at the meeting, declared, “It is time to get this going.”

It was during the first town hall meeting in 2011 called by then-newly elected mayor Cypert when up-to-then stalled plans to expand the city’s parks and recreation facilities were re-ignited.

Discussions led to a number of other projects, including a new Cabot library and expansion of the Veterans Park Community Center to be financed by a bond re-funding that was approved by voters in March 2013.

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