Phase 2 for the Ruston Sports Complex unveiled
Ruston's Sports Complex is getting a few major upgrades.
Mayor Ronny Walker unveiled Phase 2 for the facility on Friday. The new plan includes a four-to-six court indoor basketball and volleyball facility, a water park, a splash pad, lazy river and four 4,000-square-foot meeting rooms. The space will be available for people to reserve for parties and other events.
“We’ll have a four-to-six court indoor facility where we can host basketball tournaments, volleyball tournaments, cheerleading competitions, and dance line competitions,” said Walker.
Walker says these add-ons will pull in large crowds similar to the Dixie World Series, and provide a huge boost to the local economy.
“What we were trying to look for all along was a tourist attraction where people are going to come to our city, spend money, eat in our restaurants, shop in our shops, and stay in our hotels. But it’s not just for Ruston, it’s a regional approach,” said Walker.
Walker says cities like Monroe, West Monroe and other neighboring areas will all reap the benefits.
“When we finish everything, the outdoor facility contract was $35 million, we hope to spend $12-$13 million on the indoor facility,” said Walker.
It's a self-sufficient project he says will rake in more than $1 billion when it’s all said and done.
“It’s one of those projects that I’ve talked about out of the 30 something projects in moving Ruston forward, that it’s the only project that’ll pay for itself over the years,” said Walker.
The good news is people won’t have to wait that long for new additions. Groundbreaking is set to start this month.
“We hope to have the first quarter of 2021, that we’ll be playing games, having basketball, volleyball, cheer, dance line, the whole works in there,” said Walker.