NC Sports Complex design discussed at Rotary Club meeting – Nebraska City News Press

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Julie Davis, Cherry Road Media

Julie Davis, Cherry Road Media The Rotary Club of Nebraska City got to see a three-dimensional look at the Nebraska City Sports Complex during the club meeting on March 16.

Evan Wickersham, Branch Manager of JEO Consulting’s Nebraska City office, explained what his company has done to design the project so far and how JEO will help the city bring the project to fruition.

JEO’s surveying, recreation, land use planning and graphics departments have brought the project to a conceptual design stage, Wickersham said, and those departments, along with the transport, infrastructure departments of the Water, Water Resources, Electricity and JEO Architecture, will work on the project until it is completed, he said.

Site selection for the complex included a few key criteria, Wickersham said, including land availability, proximity to the rest of the Nebraska city and topography of the property.

Wickersham said the 30-acre site on the north end of Nebraska City presented certain challenges, including its topography, site drainage, a nearby high-pressure gas line and the presence of a pioneer cemetery on the property.

City of Nebraska Parks and Recreation Commissioner Patrick Wehling said Darin Huss, who sold the complex site to the city, will retain ownership of the cemetery.

The completed complex will include a four ball diamond cloverleaf, as well as four soccer fields, batting cages, a water feature, restrooms, concession stands, two playgrounds, picnic shelters and a footpath, Wickersham said.

Plans call for the football pitches to be completed first, Wickersham said, as moving the pitches from private ownership to city ownership was a priority for the city.

No taxpayer funds have been or will be used to develop the property, Wehling said. He and fellow Rotarian Doug Friedli testified at Lincoln in January as part of the application process for a Nebraska State Start-Up Grant.

The Nebraska City Rotary Club meets Wednesday at noon at Valentino’s, 1710 S. 11th. Guests pay $9 for lunch.

Upcoming speakers include Keith Valenzuela, who will speak on motorcycle safety tomorrow (March 23); and the Otoe County Drug Court team on March 30.

Cole Sharp is the club president. Call (402) 873-0530 for more information.

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