Community Courts Project
A 53,415 Sq ft activity center featuring courts, studio space, turf, and a walking track for the community.
Location: 1711 Steese Road, located on the existing Green Intermediate School location
Construction Timeframe: 2023-2025
Estimated Cost: $14.9 million
- Provide indoor activity space in our community including courts and a turf field for sports and recreation, a walking track, and multi-purpose studio space.
- Maximizes tax dollars, saving roughly $3-4 million, by constructing the school and city facilities at the same time.
- Allows schools to focus on building educational space including additional classrooms and an expanded choir and band area.
- Courts. Two (2) full-sized basketball courts with bleachers, which convert to four (4) full-size courts when bleachers are retracted
- Indoor Turf Field. A 120 ft x 150 ft turf field for City adult and youth recreation, parks programming, and sports training
- Studio Space. For dance, fitness, and yoga classes
- Walking track. An elevated (7.5 laps = 1 mile) walking track above the community court space
- Restrooms and individual changing rooms.
- Secure school and community space
The proposed facility will be built by the City on Green Local School property in concert with the new school facilities plan.
Mayor Gerard Neugebauer initially discussed his vision for the Green Community Courts at his State of the City Address in January 2022. The Community Courts would combine physical activity space for the new Green Middle School with open public space: providing indoor walking tracks and multi-purpose courts and rooms designed to promote an active lifestyle for our youth, adult and senior populations.
This collaboration between Green Local Schools and the City of Green is a key element of the new school facilities plan that will allow the schools to prioritize levy funds for classroom and instructional space, while city resources are used to create the active space needed in the community.
The city will build the Community Courts by exploring the use of a combination of funds from the General Fund and the City’s Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, which by city charter receives 7% of the city’s income tax revenues, approximately $2 million annually.
According to an evaluation conducted by the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee (OFCC), three of Green Local School's five school buildings are in need of expensive repairs that are not financially viable. Although the district has done all it can to maintain these properties, it is no longer cost effective to do so. The State of Ohio has committed to paying up to 25% of the cost to construct the new school buildings. In May 2022, voters approved a 3.11 mil levy for the construction of a new Green Middle School and Elementary school.
As the Schools moved forward with their facility plans, the schools have compressed the construction timeline to begin in the summer of 2023. This new timeline is based on being able to construct both new facilities at the same time as opposed to phases. This benefits the community in a number of ways including cost saving and reducing the need to displace students during construction. What this means for the City is that the original plan to construct the community courts project in 2025 is also moved up to this compressed timeline. By constructing the facility at the same time as the Green Middle School, the community saves an estimated $4 million compared to constructing the facilities at separate times.
- On November 10, 2022, the City and Schools hosted a public meeting to discuss the layout and features of the Community Courts Project. Video of the public meeting presentation.
- On December 13, 2022, City Council approved legislation to hire Sol Harris Day Architects to complete design drawings for the community courts. Legislation 2022-R67 Amended Dec 13, 2022
- On June 13, 2023, City Council approved $14.9 million issuance of bonds for the Community Courts.
- On June 13, 2023, Sol Harris Day Architects presented the computer 3D model to City Council. See video of the presentation.
- When would construction begin for the community courts project?
- Are there still opportunities for community involvement and feedback on the preliminary design?
- Will the facility be free for Green residents to use?
- Will the facility be open to non-residents?
- Why was a turf field included in the facility?
- How will the project be funded?
- Why isn’t there a pool or fitness equipment included in this project?