New pictures of sports park coming to Panama City Beach

By Russell Jones | rjones@wmbb.com

Published 02/10 2016 07:54PM

Updated 02/10 2016 07:54PM

Families across Bay country come to Frank Brown Park every year for sports tournaments. The Bay County Tourist development council wants to increase those numbers by adding a new sports park to the east end of Panama City Beach.
 
According to the Bay County TDC, sporting events generate over 100,000 room nights per year and have an estimated economic impact of $75 million dollars. At Tuesday’s council meeting, new renderings of the new sports park were put on display. The total project is estimated around $30 million dollars, with some of cost being shared with the Bay County School District. St. Joe Company is donating 200 acres for the complex.
 
The park will be built in three phases: the first phase will result in nine new fields, and phases two and three will result in 16 all purpose fields for soccer, baseball and lacrosse.
 
The TDC media specialist, David Demarest, says they want to spread more sporting events across Panama City Beach.
 
“We want to make sure no one area gets too bunched up, so having this sports park on the east end is perfect. It’s going to do a lot to feed those local businesses out there,” said Demarest.
 
The TDC says they feel confident that construction will start at the end of 2016 and be open and able to host sporting events by spring of 2018.

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