Nearly 50 people gathered Tuesday at the east end of the proposed development of a multi-field sports complex to witness a ceremonial groundbreaking.
Located between North Main Street to the west and Buckhorn Road to the east, the 77-acre property was annexed into Three Rivers over the objections of Lockport Township officials and opponents of the concept.
Kim Losik, a member of the Three Rivers Little League Board, said the project has benefitted from a devoted core of supporters who never lost confidence in the fate of the development.
Meanwhile, in front of about two dozen kids wearing hard hats and with shovels in hand, Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said he looks forward to returning to the site in 2019 and helping lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
He said the facility will benefit the western half of this county, the city of Three Rivers and four surrounding townships, and the villages of Constantine and White Pigeon.
Once developed, the facility’s main users will be AYSO soccer, which is made up of Constantine, Centreville, White Pigeon and Mendon, along with the Three Rivers, Fabius, Park and Lockport entities; Three Rivers Rocket football; and Three Rivers Little League, which is comprised of baseball, softball and T-ball.