YUMA, Ariz. – Work is now under way on the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex, a six-field athletic softball facility that aims to serve as a premier venue for both local sports and tournament athletes from throughout the country.
Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, City staff, and members of the construction crew gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Nov. 28, to herald the complex, also known as the PAAC, which will be located on a 49-acre site at Pacific Avenue and 8th Street.
The City Council-approved PAAC will include six softball fields, batting cages, concessions, restrooms, play areas and parking for visitors. Funding for the multimillion dollar project comes primarily from bonds and development fees. (More information about funding for Capital Improvement Program projects like the PAAC can be found on the City website, here.)
Several local softball coaches expressed excitement for the PAAC recently to the City Council, noting a lack of local field availability, particularly for practices.
Located between Yuma’s historic downtown and the hotel-rich retail areas around and including Yuma Palms, the PAAC aims to enhance as well as to boost retail and hospitality industries by bringing new visitors into the community for tournaments — some of which have already been booked in anticipation of the sports facility’s fall 2017 completion.
Community discussion about the project’s plan took place early in 2016, providing opportunities for the public to comment and ask questions during the PAAC’s preconstruction phases. Additionally, briefings were held before the Parks, Art and Recreation Commission twice in the spring and once more before the Design and Historic Review Committee.
Images of the PAAC’s design are included at the bottom of this article. Additional questions about the PAAC can be directed to City staff members by contacting the City’s Media and Public Affairs team.