Sports Complex Proposal
Although no needs study has been undertaken, for years the Abingdon Town Council and Town Manager have expressed a desire to establish a “sports complex” that would attract regional, not just local events. Several suitable properties were offered to the Town gratis, but all were turned down owing to the Manager’s and Council’s unpublicized and questionable desire to have the complex interstate-visible—which would subject players to pollution from I 81.
FOA supports provision of suitable sporting facilities for Abingdon’s families but not on the Meadows property. In the Town’s 2013 revision of the Comprehensive Plan (see Project Documents), the parcel in question is designated as a park, not as a sports complex, and no new shopping center at all is indicated—despite the Town’s ongoing behind-the-scenes planning for one. FOA advocates that the Plan be adhered to and that a historic park be established on the property as a local amenity and a tourist attraction. Other gratis sites for new sports fields remain available. In the absence of any economic-viability study of the envisioned regional sports complex, FOA remains skeptical as to the advisability of creating one anywhere in town.