CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Nelson Park to be completed spring 2020
The City of Lebanon will soon benefit from a park and sports complex set to be built near Lebanon Middle School.
The Lebanon City Council approved the sale of Nelson Park to White River Marine Group Tuesday at a specially called City Council meeting. The sale was approved to help facilitate the company's business expansion needs. White River Marine purchased the property for $2.5 million.
In a separate, but directly related contract, the company has agreed to purchase 20 acres located directly adjacent to the middle school. The City of Lebanon and the Lebanon R-III School District have reached a tentative agreement for a shared-use park facility which will occupy the purchased land as well as land owned by the school district.
"This will be a shared-use facility between the Lebanon R-IIII School District and our residents," said Lebanon Mayor Jared Carr. "The facility will include four ball diamonds, a concession stand, and eventually soccer and T-ball fields."
Officials plan to have the new complex ready by spring of 2020.
John Shelton, Lebanon Parks director, said the new facility would not only benefit local teams, but it will also allow the City the opportunity to facilitate traveling baseball teams and help spur tourism.
"It’s great opportunity for our local baseball leagues," Shelton said.
Lebanon Middle School students will have access to the complex during the school day, and community teams can have games in the park in the evenings.
"This project is a win for our community and our students. We are glad to be able to partner with Lebanon R-III School District in making this a reality," Carr said.
Michael Schumacher, City administrator agreed.
"This location will also allow for connections to the Missouri Department of Conservation's Coleman Memorial Conservation Area trail system, making the park experience at over 100 acres,” Schumacher said.
The purchase of the 30 acres comes after the City sold a portion of the area to White River Marine Group for $2 million in 2014. The total cost for both transactions is $4.5 million.