The Eanes school board has recently approved a new version of the plan for a sports complex on the district’s River Hills Rd. site, and the developers state that they will move forward with the permitting and approval process in the near future. This plan, as we understand it, will include 8 sports fields, all with bright field lighting. This plan has essentially all of the same issues as their original plan released almost 4 years ago and has done little to address community concerns about harsh lighting and noise, traffic and safety, environmental issues and the overall scale of the project within a residential neighborhood.
Additionally, EISD is contemplating selling the River Hills tract in the near future. Any sale would apparently take place with the 50-year lease to the sports leagues in place, without having resolved the neighborhoods concerns about the project.
We have continued to offer alternative solutions for over a year now that we believe are better for the school district, the sports leagues and the community. We have offered our support for a four-field plan on River Hills with other fields to be built on the Baldwin tract and other school sites. We have reaffirmed our offer of over $1,000,000 to help pay for building these fields.
This solution gets the leagues all the fields they are looking for while making improvements to EISD property that benefits the community, all at no cost to the district.
Please join us at the upcoming Wednesday, August 27th school board meeting. Things are happening now so your participation is important!
We will be there. Will you?
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Closed session: 6:30pm
Open Session: 7:30-10:00pm
Located: In the Board Room of the S. Don Rogers Administration Building at 601 Camp Craft Road (near Westlake High School).