Brendan Keany

$1 Million Secured to Build Indoor Athletic Facility in Shoshone Park

"The location of this is perfect" for the community's youth

October 10, 2018 - 3:50 pm

by Brendan Keany

BUFFALO (WBEN) - State Senator Chris Jacobs has secured $1 million in state funding to support construction of an indoor athletic facility at Shoshone Park.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jacobs joined Mayor Byron Brown, as well as Common Council members Rasheed Wyatt and Joel Feroleto to make the announcement of a 75,000 square-foot, multi-purpose facility in North Buffalo.

Brown says this kind of facility will be one of a kind.

"It will be unique for this city," said Brown. "When you at facilities that other communities have, not only across the state but across the nation, we will be one of the few cities that have this kind of indoor athletic facility."

The complex will have the ability to be converted to use as baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields, as well as other community events, and Feroleto explained why the facility will be in a great spot for the area's youth.

"The location for this is perfect," said Feroleto. "We're directly next to the LaSalle Subway Station, kids can walk here after school without having to cross the street, and that's going to make it much easier for our city's youth to be in physical activities, especially during the long winter months that we have in Buffalo."

Wyatt also had praise for the project.

"This is going to be a big win," he said. "It's going to be a regional asset that individuals, families, as well as organizations will be able to utilize the facility year round. As well know, Buffalo has a long winter."

Long time league president of the Hertel North Park Youth Baseball & Softball League, Don Morris, brought his kid to the league in 1982, and he hasn't left since. He says that securing the funding for this facility was one of the most exciting moments of his life.

"By building this athletic facility, athletes from across the City of Buffalo and Erie County will be provided a unique opportunity to play year round and be better equipped to compete at a higher level in their respective sport," said Morris. "It's truly a game changer for youth athletics in the area."

Brown also pledged financial support from the city to help expedite the process of construction.

"We will reallocate money that is in the city budget to support the funding of this indoor, year-round athletic facility," said Brown.

For now, it's expected that the project will occur in two phases, with the first phase beginning in the summer of 2019.

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