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From, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016:

Texas Bank Sports Complex named best in state

The Texas Turfgrass Association has named the Texas Bank Sports Complex as the state's best sports complex for the second time in five years.

City of San Angelo Parks workers who maintain the 80-acre site and earned the award are: Marcus Hinojosa, Jason Campbell, Daniel Aguilar, Gary Poe, Kevin Celaya, Danny Vigil, Michael Blaylock, Richard Scott, Tony Harris, Mike Hitchcock and Roger Havlak.

Texas Bank Sports Complex and Rio Concho Community Park opened in 2009. The site along the Concho River off of Bell Street consists of 55 acres of irrigated turf. It also has 15 ball fields, 10 of which are multipurpose fields used for softball, baseball, football and soccer. The complex also has two regulation baseball fields, two Little League fields and one tee-ball field, plus two restroom/concession facilities. Construction of a third such building will soon begin.

The lighted complex also boasts four sand volleyball courts, a park with a playground, picnic tables and four large parking lots.

Texas Bank Sports complex is used year-round for sports and other recreational events. About 45 events and tournaments are hosted each year at the complex, including the TLC Easter Fest, said to be the biggest Easter egg hunt in Texas. The complex also hosts four sessions of adult softball leagues with 120 teams, 90 flag football teams, 30 Little League baseball squads, high school softball and baseball games, and a girls fast-pitch softball league.

From, Sunday, August 2, 2009:

Sports complex is a dream come true

ami mizell-flint Special to the Standard-Times
Sunday, August 2, 2009

The grand opening of the Texas Bank Sports Complex and Rio Concho Community Park was a dream come true for many athletes and sports fans in the Concho Valley.

The complex, at Rio Concho and Bell Street, is home to 11 multi-purpose fields, a baseball field, two Little League fields, a tee-ball field and four sand volleyball pits. The $12 million project was funded with the city’s half-cent sales tax.

At Saturday’s grand opening, 48 teams played in softball and flag football tournaments.

Each field at the complex is sponsored by a different company, which the field is named for. Sponsors include San Angelo Community Sports Medicine, Concho Bail Bonds, Little Caesars Pizza and Suddenlink Communications.

Andy Cedillo, recreation manager for the city, said he is excited about the diversity the complex offers.

Southern Little League, which has been without a home for two years, will play there.

The recreation department’s flag football teams also now have a place to call home.

“We’ve never had a place for flag football,” Cedillo said. “We’ve always been running all over town.”

The complex is also the future home of fast-pitch softball.

Alan Gemoets, known as “G-Man” to everyone at the complex, is umpire in charge of the facility. His staff of umpires has been waiting for games so they can put their training to use.

“This is their first chance to umpire,” Gemoets said. “They are ready to go.”

An umpire crew from Abilene was also there Saturday to help with all the games, and Gemoets said it also gave them a chance to see the complex.

The new fields are a far cry from the fields they replaced, a facility called the Rio Concho Complex.

John Alexander, who started playing softball in San Angelo in 1980, said that while he was playing, his team traveled all throughout Texas and New Mexico to attend various tournaments. When one of the teams he played on went to the national tournament, they realized that they needed something better than the four fields they were playing on.

Alexander, chairman of the city’s recreation advisory board, said that at the old fields athletes had to watch for holes made by prairie dogs, and the grass was not in good condition.

In contrast, the new fields have rich, green grass and hole-free grounds.

“It’s kind of a dream come true,” Alexander said. “It will probably bring softball back to San Angelo.”

In addition to giving athletes a place to play, the Texas Bank Sports Complex and Rio Concho Community Park will have an economic impact on San Angelo.

With 11 tournaments already planned at the complex in 2011, Alexander said the facility will help pay for itself.

“All money brought in by the complex stays in San Angelo,” he said.

Although the fields are ready to play on, Alexander said that there is still much to be done. He is hoping to have additional restrooms added to the facility. Eventually, there will be trees and landscaping, and a trail along the river.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Alexander said. “This is just the beginning.”

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