Springdale wants to expand fields to develop outdoor sports

The town of Springdale is seeing a surge in the number of its residents wanting to participate in outdoor sports, but the town may not have the space if it continues to grow.

SPRINGDALE, Ark – Along with the population of Springdale, recreational sports leagues for youth and adults are growing.

“We’ve certainly had a record number of registrations for our upcoming spring season,” said Vernon Tarver, Events and Marketing Coordinator, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Springdale.

Between youth baseball, softball, and soccer, more than 2,500 people are registered to play in Springdale.

“If demand continues to grow, we will have to address it,” Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse said.

However, the potential problem is that they don’t have enough fields to fit.

“You know where to put them all, where to schedule them all in the fields and find the places to play all the games,” Tarver said. “But it’s a good problem to have.”

Springdale will soon get more land space at Shaw Family Park, as the 2012 bond already included land space for the park, which opened in May. However, fields are not something the city can add immediately.

“When you add fields, you also have to add concessions, restrooms, you have to add lights,” Tarver said. “We are happy to grow and we will do everything we can to solve the good problem that we have.”

5NEWS asked Mayor Sprouse and Tarver if the city continues to see growth in recreational sports, could voters see a proposed requirement for more land and how much it would cost. However, they said they are only monitoring the situation to see if growth continues.

Any eventual issue of election bonds will first have to go through the municipal council.

With the increase in youth sports registrations, Springdale Parks and Rec is looking for more coaches.

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