The mayor of Sacramento is calling for a regional sports facility at the city’s state address

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday called for a permanent source of funding for programs aimed at young people and announced a plan to build a $ 50 million regional sports facility on newly acquired urban land in southern Sacramento. Steinberg announced the project during his State Address at the YMCA on 2021 W Street on Wednesday. “We will not just build the fields. We will also build children, “he said. | RELATED Read the address for the state of the city here or watch the whole speech below. He described it as an essential part of the city’s tourism strategy, saying it would attract major youth sporting events by offering 16 grass pitches, eight grass pitches and a 2,000-seat championship pitch that would be well lit. The 40- to 50-acre complex will include a locker room, meeting rooms and dining facilities. It will be built on some of the 102 acres of vacant land in Meadow, which the city bought from the federal government for $ 12 million, Steinberg said. Only 13 percent of Sacramento’s sports parks have lighting, according to the mayor. There are no lighted football pitches in Meadowview and there is only one lighted baseball field. He blamed council member Mai Wang for urging the city to buy the land initially and then held hours of hearings with community members on how to use it. The property is close to Morrison Creek and Meadowview Regional Transit Light Rail Stations. When it was first purchased, the city said it plans to use it to help people experiencing homelessness and affordable housing. Steinberg said Wednesday that more than half of the land could be used for “other economic engines or more community amenities.” Asked if the rest of the property would still be used for homelessness and affordable housing, city spokesman Andrew Kehoe told KCRA 3: “The city is still considering part of the site in the short term for safe parking. No final decisions Steinberg said the city has the opportunity to build an “iconic destination” so that children in competitive sports do not always have to travel outside the city for top-level tournaments. The $ 50 million facility could be financed without future taxes. “Other cities have used the tax to build them,” he said. He said the facility is estimated to be booked 30% of the time and will attract 70,000 visitors a year. That would result in 51,000 hotel nights and a $ 3.5 million total tax collection, Steinberg said. Steinberg said that according to a conservative estimate of the growth of hotel taxes by July 2024, the city can afford another 90 to 100 million dollars for projects that stimulate tourism. He said the remnants of money beyond what was used for the sports facility could potentially be used to modernize the Old Sacramento coast, an earlier development project that Steinberg defended, which was postponed when hotel taxes dried up. Steinberg said the next steps would include a resolution before the council this summer, and if all goes well, there could be a groundbreaking blow in 2024, with “a dream come true before half a decade”. Steinberg announced the sports facility after focusing much of his Address on the state of the city on how to protect investment in young people such as enrichment and job training programs. He said such activities are impossible for many families. He challenged Sacramentans to consider what the city would look like in 2032 and 2042. Steinberg said the council would vote in July to put a ballot initiative in front of voters to include a permanent source of funding for young people who will spend $ 10 for 12 million dollars a year. Steinberg said that during the last Sacramento recession, police and firefighters had to make “painful” cuts to their budgets by 8.5 percent. But at the same time, the budget for parks was reduced by 40% and money for youth activities was reduced by 67%. “This is not a balance,” he said. “Youth funding must also be seen as essential.” Steinberg told KCRA 3 before his speech that he was focused on “adult responsibility”. “We are responsible to the next generation,” he said. Asked about the city’s homeless crisis, Steinberg acknowledged the problem was worse, but said the city was “doing more than ever.” Steinberg said that when he started as mayor, there were less than 100 beds in a shelter per night. This number is now 1100 beds per night from various programs. “The truth is, we can’t do it alone,” he said. “We need all our partners. We are not a health and human services agency. We do not deal with mental health or substance abuse. And that’s why we need a full partnership. ” He said tackling poverty will help tackle the root cause of homelessness.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday called for a permanent source of funding for programs aimed at young people and announced a plan to build a $ 50 million regional sports facility on newly acquired urban land in southern Sacramento.

Steinberg announced the project during his speech on the state of the city at the YMCA on 2021 W Street on Wednesday.

“We will not just build the fields. We will also build children, “he said.

| RELATED Read the address of the state of the city here or watch the whole speech below

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He described it as an essential part of the city’s tourism strategy, saying it would attract major youth sporting events by offering 16 grass pitches, eight grass pitches and a 2,000-seat championship pitch that will be well lit. The 40- to 50-acre complex will include a dressing room, meeting rooms and dining options.

It will be built on some of the 102 acres of vacant land in Meadowview that the city bought from the federal government for $ 12 million, Steinberg said.

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Only 13% of Sacramento’s sports parks have lighting, according to the mayor. There are no lighted football pitches in Meadowview and there is only one lighted baseball field.

He blamed council member Mai Wang for urging the city to buy the land initially and then held hours of hearings with community members on how to use it.

The property is close to Morrison Creek and Meadowview Regional Transit Light Rail Stations. When it was first purchased, the city said it plans to use it to help people experiencing homelessness and affordable housing.

Steinberg said Wednesday that more than half of the land could be used for “other economic engines or more community amenities.”

Asked if the rest of the property would still be used for homelessness and affordable housing, city spokesman Andrew Kehoe told KCRA 3: “The city is still considering part of the site in the short term for safe parking. No final decisions have been made. “

Steinberg said the city has the opportunity to build an “iconic destination” so that children in competitive sports do not always have to travel outside the city for top-level tournaments.

The $ 50 million mechanism could be funded without a future tax increase by using the proceeds from hotel taxes that had recovered earlier in the pandemic, Steinberg said.

“Other cities have used the tax to build them,” he said.

He said the facility is estimated to be booked 30% of the time and will attract 70,000 visitors a year. That would result in 51,000 hotel nights and a $ 3.5 million total tax collection, Steinberg said.

Steinberg said that according to a conservative estimate of the growth of hotel taxes by July 2024, the city can afford another 90 to 100 million dollars for projects that stimulate tourism.

He said the remnants of money beyond what was used for the sports facility could potentially be used to modernize the Old Sacramento coast, an earlier development project that Steinberg defended, which was postponed when hotel taxes dried up.

Steinberg said the next steps would include a resolution before the council this summer, and if all goes well, there could be a groundbreaking blow in 2024, with “the dream come true before the end of half a decade.”

Steinberg announced the sports facility after focusing much of his address on the state of the city on how to protect investment in young people such as enrichment and job training programs. He said such activities are impossible for many families.

He challenged Sacramentans to consider what the city would look like in 2032 and 2042.

Steinberg said the council would vote in July to put an initiative on the ballot to voters to include a permanent source of funding for young people, which would set aside $ 10 million to $ 12 million a year.

Steinberg said that during the last Sacramento recession, police and firefighters had to make “painful” cuts to their budgets by 8.5 percent. But at the same time, the budget for parks was reduced by 40% and money for youth activities was reduced by 67%.

“This is not a balance,” he said. “Youth funding must also be seen as essential.”

Steinberg told KCRA 3 before the speech that he was focused on “adult responsibility”.

“We are responsible to the next generation,” he said.

Asked about the city’s homelessness crisis, Steinberg acknowledged that the problem was worse, but said the city was “doing more than we ever did”.

Steinberg said that when he started as mayor, there were less than 100 beds in a shelter per night. This number is now 1100 beds per night from various programs.

“The truth of the matter is that we can’t do it alone,” he said. “We need all our partners. We are not a health and human services agency. We do not deal with mental health or substance abuse. That is why we need a full partnership. “

He said tackling poverty will help tackle the root cause of homelessness.

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