In 2020, Liberty Parks & Rec conducted a feasibility study that evaluated needs and programming opportunities for sports in Liberty. The study concluded that a fieldhouse would accommodate the growing demand for current and future sports programming as well as tournament space.
The “Imagine Liberty 2032” Parks Master plan solicited input from residents to identify community needs, wants and potential growth opportunities over the next 10 years.
During that process, Liberty residents identified the development of new indoor recreation facilities and improvements to existing facilities as the two highest priorities related to indoor spaces. Specifically, residents want a new indoor walking track, fitness centers, gyms and sport courts.
Presently, the department has maximized its potential for indoor sports programming based on availability of space. Liberty Parks & Rec currently relies on gyms in the Liberty schools for all winter season indoor sports, including basketball and volleyball. Due to the growth in school programs combined with the number of players and teams in Parks & Rec basketball specifically, this requires some practices to be scheduled past 8 p.m. on week nights, which is very hard on our participating kids and families. Liberty Parks and Rec must consider the development of additional indoor court space.
Last summer, Mayor Canuteson appointed a citizen Task Force to look at the feasibility of building a new fieldhouse, community center and/or natatorium. After several months of study, review of other facilities and the Parks Master Plan, the Task Force recommended that the City pursue construction of a new Activity Center and upgrades to the Liberty Community Center.
On January 22, the Liberty City Council voted to bring this ballot question forward to Liberty voters on the April 2 ballot.