The mayor of Sacramento asks for the regional sports facility in the city state address

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday asked for a permanent source of funding to be dedicated to youth programs and announced a plan to build a $ 50 million regional sports facility on newly acquired city land in southern Sacramento. Steinberg announced the project during its State of the City Address at the YMCA in 2021 W Street on Wednesday. “We will not only build camps. We will also create children,” he said. | RELATED | Read the city state address here or watch the full speech below. He described it as an essential part of the city’s tourism strategy, saying it would attract major youth sporting events by offering 16 grass pitches, eight grass pitches and a 2,000-seat championship pitch that would be well-lit. The 40- to 50-acre complex would include a locker room, meeting space, and food facilities. It would be built on some of the 102 acres of vacant land in Meadowview that the city bought from the federal government for $ 12 million, Steinberg said. Only 13 percent of Sacramento’s parks with sports fields have lighting, according to the mayor. In Meadowview, no football pitch is lighted and there is only one lighted baseball field. He credited council member Mai Vang for pushing the city on the initial purchase of land and then holding hours of listening sessions with community members on how to use it. The property is close to Morrison Creek and Meadowview Regional Transit light rail stations. When it was first purchased, the city had stated that it intended to use it to help homeless people and affordable housing. Steinberg said Wednesday that more than half of the land could be used for “other economic factors or more community services.” Asked whether the rest of the property would still be used for homeless people and affordable housing, city spokesman Andrew Kehoe told KCRA 3: “The city is still evaluating a portion of the site in the short term for safe parking. . No final decision has been made. ” Steinberg said the city had the opportunity to build an “iconic destination” so kids who play competitive sports don’t always have to travel out of town for top-tier tournaments. The $ 50 million facility could be funded with no future tax increase by leveraging what is collected from hotel tax revenues, which have rebounded since the start of the pandemic, Steinberg said. “Other cities used the tax to build them,” he said. He said it is estimated that the facility will be booked 30% of the time and will attract 70,000 attendees a year. That would result in 51,000 hotel nights and $ 3.5 million in total tax collection, Steinberg said. Steinberg said that according to a conservative estimate of growth for hotel taxes, by July 2024, the city could afford an additional $ 90-100 million for projects that promote tourism. He said leftover money beyond what was used for the sports facility could potentially be used to modernize Old Sacramento’s waterfront, a previous Steinberg-backed development project that was shelved when hotel taxes ran out. Steinberg said the next steps will include a resolution before the council this summer and if all goes well, there could be a turning point in 2024, with “the dream fulfilled before the end of the mid-decade”. Steinberg announced the sports facility after focusing much of his City State Speech on protecting investment in youth such as enrichment programs and vocational training. He said such activities are inaccessible to many families. He challenged the Sacramentans to think about what the city would look like in 2032 and 2042. Steinberg said the council would vote in July to vote for an initiative before the voters to include a permanent source of funding for youth, which he would set aside $ 10 for $ 12 million a year. Steinberg said that during Sacramento’s latest recession, police and firefighters had to take a “painful” 8.5% cut to their budget. But at the same time, the parks budget was cut by 40% and the money for youth activities was cut by 67%. “There is no balance,” he said he. “Funding for young people must also be seen as essential.” Steinberg told KCRA 3 before the speech that he was focused on “adult responsibility”. “We are accountable to the next generation,” he said. When asked about the homelessness crisis in the city, Steinberg acknowledged that the problem is worse, but said the city “is doing more than we ever have.” Steinberg said that when he started as mayor, there were fewer than 100 beds per night. That number is now at 1,100 beds a night by various programs. “The truth is, we can’t do it alone,” he said. “We need all of our partners. We are not a health and human services agency. We are not involved in mental health or substance abuse. And therefore we need full cooperation ”. He said tackling poverty will help tackle the root cause of homelessness.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg asked to dedicate a permanent source of funding to youth-oriented programs on Wednesday and announced a plan to build a $ 50 million regional sports facility on newly acquired city land in southern Sacramento.

Steinberg announced the project during his state of the city address at the YMCA at 2021 on W Street on Wednesday.

“We will not only build camps. We will also create children,” he said.

| RELATED | Read the city state address here or watch the full speech below

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He described it as an essential part of the city’s tourism strategy, saying it would attract major youth sporting events by offering 16 grass pitches, eight grass pitches and a 2,000-seat championship pitch that would be well-lit. The 40- to 50-acre complex would include a locker room, meeting space, and food facilities.

It would be built on some of the 102 acres of vacant land in Meadowview that the city had bought from the federal government for $ 12 million, Steinberg said.

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Only 13% of Sacramento’s parks with sports fields have lighting, according to the mayor. In Meadowview, no football pitch is lighted and there is only one lighted baseball field.

He credited council member Mai Vang for pushing the city on the initial purchase of land and then holding hours of listening sessions with community members on how to use it.

The property is close to Morrison Creek and Meadowview Regional Transit light rail stations. When it was first purchased, the city had stated that it intended to use it to help homeless people and affordable housing.

Steinberg said Wednesday that more than half of the land could be used for “other economic factors or more community services.”

Asked whether the rest of the property would still be used for homeless people and affordable housing, city spokesman Andrew Kehoe told KCRA 3: “The city is still evaluating a portion of the site in the short term for safe parking. . No final decision has been made. “

Steinberg said the city had the opportunity to build an “iconic destination” so that competitive sports kids don’t always have to travel out of town for top-tier tournaments.

The $ 50 million facility could be funded without any future tax hikes by leveraging what is collected from hotel tax revenues, which have rebounded since the start of the pandemic, Steinberg said.

“Other cities have used the tax to build them,” he said.

He said it is estimated that the facility will be booked 30 percent of the time and will attract 70,000 attendees annually. That would result in 51,000 hotel nights and $ 3.5 million in total tax collection, Steinberg said.

Steinberg said that according to a conservative estimate of growth for hotel taxes, by July 2024, the city could afford an additional $ 90-100 million for projects that promote tourism.

He said leftover money in addition to that used for the sports facility could potentially be used to modernize Old Sacramento’s waterfront, a previous Steinberg-backed development project that was shelved when hotel taxes ran out.

Steinberg said the next steps will include a resolution before the council this summer and if all goes well, there could be some innovations in 2024, with “the dream fulfilled before the middle of the decade”.

Steinberg announced the sports facility after focusing much of his state-of-the-city speech on protecting youth investments such as enrichment programs and vocational training. He said such activities are inaccessible to many families.

He challenged the Sacramentans to think about what the city would look like in 2032 and 2042.

Steinberg said the council would vote in July to vote on a pre-voter initiative to include a permanent source of funding for youth, which would set aside $ 10 to $ 12 million annually.

Steinberg said that during Sacramento’s latest recession, police and firefighters had to take a “painful” 8.5% cut to their budget. But at the same time, the parks budget was cut by 40% and the money for youth activities was cut by 67%.

“This isn’t balance,” he said. “Funding for young people must also be considered essential”.

Steinberg told KCRA 3 before the speech that he was focused on “adult responsibility”.

“We are accountable to the next generation,” he said.

When asked about the homelessness crisis in the city, Steinberg acknowledged that the problem is worse, but said the city “is doing more than we ever have.”

Steinberg said when he started as mayor, there were fewer than 100 beds per night. That number is now at 1,100 beds a night by various programs.

“The truth is, we can’t do it alone,” he said. “We need all of our partners. We are not a health and human services agency. We are not involved in mental health or substance abuse. And therefore we need a complete partnership. “

He said tackling poverty will help address the root cause of homelessness.

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