- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - Officials say the 70-acre, $15.4 million Youngsville Sports Complex will open in time to host youth baseball and tennis tournaments in mid- and late May, with a grand opening set for May 31.

Originally scheduled for completion in December, Mayor Wilson Viator tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/RgzZwk ) the opening has been delayed due to weather and issues with the nearby Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy. Despite the delay, Viator says the park will be completed for $15.4 million, which is about $200,000 or 1.3 percent over projected costs.

The mayor said the additional money was spent on such extras as more batting cages that were added during construction.

Youngsville voters in 2011 approved a 1-cent sales tax to pay for the park. The tax, which began to be levied one year ago, generates up to $2 million a year.

The Youngsville City Council on Wednesday approved accepting the project from prime contractor Trahan Construction, a company based in Lake Arthur, complex Director Tim Robichaux said.

“There’s still some work we have to do, but we’re going to be ready” for the May tournaments and grand opening, Robichaux said.

The work is being completed during a required 45-day lien period.

Trahan Construction workers continued painting and putting other finishing touches Friday at the park.

Viator said the five baseball fields are easily convertible to fast-pitch softball fields, so the complex can handle sizable tournaments.

The lights on the ball fields have been tested for endurance, and park workers are now aiming the lights so just enough light falls on each part of the field, Robichaux said.

United States Specialty Sports Association, or USSSA Baseball, is holding a boys baseball tournament the weekend of May 17.

Also in May, Youngsville will begin Phase II of the Sports Complex, as workers start laying the foundation for the Youngsville Community Recreation Center and an accompanying parking lot.

The center will house the park’s administrative offices, basketball courts and rooms for other functions.

The estimated cost for Phase II $4.6 million, Viator said.

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

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