Job March 30, 2022 | 09:26
The Waterset Sports Complex joins other Hillsborough County recreation facilities, conservation parks and nature reserves in a rapidly growing area
Work is underway at Apollo Beach on what are said to be the largest contiguous synthetic turf sports fields at the future Waterset Sports Complex.
At a groundbreaking ceremony on March 28, Hillsborough County leaders enjoyed glorious sunshine and a cool breeze while envisioning four multi-sport courts and equipment on what is now acres of fill and drainage substructure as the complex begins to take shape. The first phase of the project, on approximately half of the 85 cleared acres, will be ready for soccer, football and lacrosse competitions in the spring of 2023.
Workers install drainage pipes at the future Waterset sports complex.
When complete, the initial $11 million phase will include grass pitches with LED lighting, office and meeting space, a concession building with restrooms, a playground, pavilions and parking for approximately 540 vehicles. .
The project is a collaborative effort between Hillsborough County, Waterset residents and planned community developer, Newland. Waterset is south of Big Bend Road between Interstate 75 and US 41.
County officials hoisted golden shovels to formally open the project. Nearby, workers used heavy machinery to shape drainage culverts and lower pipes into the ground. The iconic Apollo Beach water tower, owned by the county, served as a sentinel in the distance.
The sports complex at 6110 Waterset Blvd. will complete the existing county Parks and recreation facilities, conservation parks and nature reserves in the rapidly growing South Hillsborough. It is destined to become “the place to be” on weekends and weeknights, according to county officials.
Top photo: Hillsborough County leaders ceremonially kick off the construction project.