|Sports Facility’s Name is Changed to Better Reflect Offerings, Location|
The Johnson County Girls Athletic Complex has a new name meant to better reflect the range of activities offered at the facility.
During its May 20 meeting, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board approved a name change making the facility the Mid-America West Sports Complex.
"The name change will reflect that programming within the complex is not limited to girls," a staff briefing sheet on the issue states. "The result is possible increased usage and revenue from boys programs, adult programs, and other users groups and a better community awareness of the recreation opportunities provided within the facility."
"The name has caused confusion with patrons still thinking that it's a facility that houses girls' programming only," added Superintendent of Recreation Jill Geller. "Since we have taken over that facility, we have expanded the programming to include much greater use than that. The new name will more accurately convey that the facility is truly an overall sports complex for all ages and genders."
Current programming at the facility includes: adult sports program rentals, boys and girls basketball leagues and tournaments, boys and girls volleyball leagues and tournaments, girls softball leagues and tournaments, boys baseball leagues and tournaments, boys and girls camps and clinics for various sports, and boys and girls futsal leagues.
Geller noted that the new name also gives a better idea of where the facility is located. The change of name will be promoted through fliers for programs at the site. Geller also said she anticipates a new sign would be going up in the near future.
In mid-March 2002, the District took over operation of the complex under a lease/management agreement. Under the initial arrangement, the District only paid interest on the facility while it operated the complex while considering whether to acquire the site permanently. That decision came late last year, when the District including permanent financing for the property in a bond issue that also included park land acquisition funds.