By Caitlin Anderson
Supporters of a new athletic facility for area youth will break ground in Rosemount this weekend.
The Hope Fieldhouse, a Rosemount man’s idea sprung from a desire for a place for his autistic son to play sports, will be hosting a ceremony Sunday. Supporters recently met their capital campaign goal of $2 million for construction costs. They hope to open the fieldhouse on June 1, 2020.
“The gym shortage crisis in the Rosemount area has forced youth organizations to cut players, and the impact has been especially pronounced on our athletes with disabilities,” said Dan Corley, executive director and founder of the facility. “Hope Fieldhouse will serve as an advocate and a safe refuge for adapted athletics.”
Corley’s push for Hope Fieldhouse was sparked after seeing his son, Austin, unable to keep up with school sports teams due to not having enough gym space, despite loving to play. When Dan Corley first started raising money for the project two years ago, there weren’t any adaptive sports teams available. He had to do something about it, Dan Corley said in a statement.
The center will be located next to the Community of Hope Church at the corner of Biscayne Avenue and 145th Street. The 42,000-square-foot fieldhouse will offer a fitness center, walking track, basketball and volleyball courts and locker rooms.
The ceremony will start at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Hosanna Rosemount at 14401 Biscayne Ave. The Corleys, board members, donors and special needs athletes will be in attendance.
Rosemount residents have expressed wanting more athletic facilities in the city for years. Earlier this month, the city confirmed that it was looking into partnering with the YMCA on a recreation center.