Lehigh Valley sports fans will soon have another reason to rejoice.
The park, a sports complex with two outdoor sports fields and indoor grass courts, batting cages and community event space, is slated to open later this year in Lower Nazareth Township, according to a news release.
The next facility, at 270 Country Club Road, will be owned and operated by husband and wife Kevin and Theresa Moyzan, who have run the local Powerballers baseball program for several years, providing athletes with the opportunity to improve their performance on and off the field. . through mind-body training, position-specific training, elite tournament play and more, as well as nonprofit regional baseball training camps.
The complex, featuring customizable fields for adult baseball, adult soccer or multiple junior sports fields, will serve as the home of the Powerballers, which has five teen and youth travel teams, according to the release. It will also be available for rental to other community teams.
High-quality practices, led by in-house team athletes with college and professional baseball experience, will be offered to those looking to take their skills to the elite level.
It was the constant search for space on the ground for these endeavors that led the Moyzans to their current plans.
“We were always looking for and renting land to practice in and so we always knew there was a better way out there,” Theresa said in the statement. “This is the year we seized the opportunity to do so. We have long envisioned a space where we can help impart all the best character and athletic skills baseball coaching can afford. We are also happy to provide Lehigh Valley children (and their parents!) with a healthy physical outlet through the typical winter months, something we ourselves sought when our children were young. »
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Derek Zerfass and Seth Lacey of Colliers International’s Allentown office facilitated the sale which helped the couple form a plot of developable land for The Park.
Working on behalf of the seller, the team closed the $3.4 million 12-acre land sale of a former storage facility of building supplies company ORE Rentals in Moyzans in December. The sale represents about half of the park’s total 24-acre redevelopment footprint.
“It is well known that there is a great need for sports complexes like The Park in the Lehigh Valley and yet traditionally this has proven difficult to achieve,” said Zerfass, senior vice president of the Allentown retail team of Colliers, in the release. “The Moyzans have taken several underdeveloped and underutilized lands and assembled them into what will be a truly welcome and productive community use.”
“Despite the economic downturn, location remains the fundamental driver of real estate transactions,” added Lacey, an associate of Collier’s Allentown retail team. “The Easton/Lower Nazareth market is experiencing strong growth and the site benefits from excellent visibility on the Route 33 trade corridor and easy access throughout the region. »
With the land purchase completed and township approvals in place, a planned opening of the park is scheduled for the fall for outdoor sports, with indoor winter training scheduled to begin next winter.
“We were able to accomplish all of these milestones because of COVID, with lots of justifications along the way telling us we made the right decision,” Theresa said.