Warwick mayor shares his plan to revitalize the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex
WARWICK, RI (WLNE) – Mayor Joseph Solomon unveiled his plan at a press conference Tuesday to revitalize the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex in Warwick.
The plan which Solomon says would promote recreational and economic development includes:
- Tournament level track and field sports stadium
- Baseball, soccer, and lacrosse fields
- Futsal, tennis, and basketball courts
- A playground and splash pad
- Solar carports and charging stations
“I have been in support of investment in the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex for many years, and I am very excited to move forward with aggressive plans to completely reimagine the complex for the youth, seniors, and all residents of our community, who very much deserve it,” said Mayor Solomon. “Although the COVID-19 pandemic has obviously put a temporary damper on activity, Warwick has become a destination for sporting tournaments and events.”
The Mickey Stevens Sports Complex was constructed in the late 1970s and has not had any substantial renovations since, according to the Mayor’s office.
Warwick voters approved a $7 million general obligation bond in 2006 to fund a substantial renovation of the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex. However, due to the economic downturn in 2008, the plans were never pursued.
“Mayor Solomon has committed funds to procure the services of a design firm to assist in-house Planning Department Staff with community outreach, design, and cost estimating,” spokeswoman Emily Martineau said in a statement.
The renovation of the Mickey Stevens facility will likely occur in several phases due to the magnitude of the project scale and its ultimate cost, Martineau added.
It’s Solomon’s goal to develop a clear action plan for renovating the facility by the summer of 2021, according to his office.