CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ground has been broken for a sports complex being built in West Virginia.

Kanawha (kun-NAW’) County Commissioner Ben Salango said in a news release that construction has begun and the Shawnee Park Multi-Sport Complex should be open in the summer. The commission recently awarded a $10.2 million construction contract.

The 127-acre (51-hectare) complex will be located at Shawnee Park in Institute, outside Charleston. Planned are six collegiate-size turf soccer and lacrosse fields, four collegiate-size turf baseball and softball fields and several grass practice fields. Also planned are updates to the basketball courts, renovations to the outdoor swimming pool and construction of a new community building with additional parking.

A Youth Development Center will provide local children with after-school access and other activities, such as crafts, visual arts, music and computer coding.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.