OKC Parks bought the property from a private owner, with the sale closing Feb. 15. The property cost about 1 million. The cost and specific plans for renovations are being developed. The project is funded by Better Streets, Safer City bond program funds for new public parks in Ward 4.
The complex, 3820 E Interstate 240 Service Road, will be closed for a year for the renovations, opening in April 2020 to kick off the spring baseball and softball seasons.
“With the purchase of the sports complex, OKC Parks is filling a void in the sports community,” said Parks Director Doug Kupper. “The complex will have eight quality fields in one location and the facility will attract local, state and regional softball and baseball tournaments, which the City is currently lacking.”
Recreational leagues for both adult and youth softball will also be offered through OKC Parks, and games will be held at the 240 Sports Complex.
OKC Parks and the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have partnered together to work with national partners to ensure we have the best fields to play on.
“OKC has needed a quality softball/baseball complex for some time. Being the home to USA Softball and the NCAA Women’s College World Series, we have established ourselves as the softball mecca,” said Sue Hollenbeck, the CVB’s Director of Sports Business. “The CVB is constantly being asked by event holders for fields and dates to play, and we have been unable to accommodate them because of lack of fields. With this complex, we will now be able to work with national and even international organizations wanting to hold youth to senior softball events here. It’s a perfect fit. We are quite excited.”