Hastings City Councilman Bill Redman anticipates a successful fundraising campaign that will provide the funding needed for a sports center in Hastings. Joan Van Houten Staff Writer
Hastings City Council member Bill Redman anticipates a successful fundraising campaign to raise $6.5 million for what he says is a much-needed facility for the city.
Beginning as an idea for a self-sustaining ice rink, his vision has transformed into building a year-round recreational hub, expanded to include several other activities, such as basketball, tennis and group gatherings. The facility is planned to be constructed in Tyden Park. “It’s all very exciting,” Redman said. “The facility will be named Hastings Sports Center. It will be the city’s legacy that will be enjoyed by current and future generations. I’m confident this project has the support needed to reach the funding target.”
An anonymous donor has pledged the first $200,000 of the campaign with an additional $300,000 when the next $1 million is reached. The Hastings Area Recreational Complex Advisory Committee, formed to lead the charge on making the center a reality, has a lot of preconstruction goals ahead, he said. Committee members include Redman as president, treasurer Courtney Stonehouse, secretary Julie Fox, and Carl Schoessel, Travis Alden, Mike Moyle and Jon Sporer.
The committee has begun the process of filing for incorporation which is a necessary step in becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Incorporating and gaining nonprofit status could take a year or more. Submitting grant applications will follow completion of these steps. Hastings officials will be keeping a close eye on the project because the planned location is a city park; however, the city is not directly involved.
“It’s not a city project,” Redman said. “It’s a private project by people who want something great for the community. There will be absolutely no taxes supporting the sports center. “I love this city. I’ve made a wonderful life here. A sports center will open Tyden Park to residents to use all year, and it will bring people from all around us into Hastings. I believe that’s a fantastic thing for our city.” The committee will continue to keep the city council and public apprised of progress.