- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - A celebratory mood prevailed at the grand opening of the Youngsville Sports Complex Saturday as more than 250 Youngsville residents watched Mayor Wilson Viator throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a facility ball field.

“This doesn’t get done by one person; it gets done by a whole community,” Viator said. “This is a very proud day for the city of Youngsville.”

Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Robichaux tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1wSS9Vj ) baseball fields were opened for games two weeks ago in a soft opening of the new complex. He said they wanted to get a good idea of how a tournament would run at the facility before officially having the grand opening.

“We had two good-sized tournaments to see how things would flow,” Robichaux said. “This is really the culmination of everyone’s hard work.”

The 70-acre, $15.4 million complex includes five baseball fields and four fast-pitch softball fields, 10 tennis courts, six soccer fields, a fishing pond and a variety of amenities for visitors.

Youngsville voters in 2011 approved a 1-cent sales tax to pay for the park. The tax generates up to $2 million a year.

Robichaux said he has received all positive reactions to the sports complex since its opening. He said the park was built to suit the community’s needs, even as it serves as a venue for other teams from outside Youngsville to play in tournaments.

“I think everybody that has come in is just in awe of the facility,” Robichaux said. “It’s first class. It’s well thought out, and the observation deck is a great place to watch all the games and get out of the heat.”

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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