Annunciation sports complex nears completion

Annunciation sports complex
Dubbed the "Field of Dreams," an eagerly-anticipated sports complex has indeed been a long-awaited dream for the families of Annunciation Catholic Church and School in Altamonte Springs.

In 2004 the parish purchased a 5-acre parcel of land with the goal of developing a multipurpose recreation area that would serve as a focal point for community gatherings and fellowship.

With funds from the parish Alive in Christ Campaign, Annunciation was able to break ground on the project in June, 2012, and is working toward substantial completion by March, 2013. In addition to a track and recreation field, the complex includes a 2,000 sq ft concession and restroom facility.

"We are looking forward to it. It has been a long time coming," observed Mark McLaughlin, Director of Operations for Annunciation Catholic Church. "We began planning the project in 2008 but had to push it back because of the economy. Now we've made extensive progress and we're hoping to have the project blessed during the Easter season."

Although additional site work, such as parking reconfiguration and the completion of a new access road, will take more time, the parish is optimistic that the new complex could be available for a soft opening in the spring.

"I am very grateful to all who have supported our parish through the Alive in Christ Campaign so that we might continue to improve our wonderful campus," said Fr. Stephen Parkes, Pastor of Annunciation.

The sports complex is the second major construction project to emerge from the Alive in Christ Campaign at Annunciation. In March 2011 the parish helped break ground on a new church for San Jose Mission, an economically disadvantaged community in rural Volusia County. Parishioners contributed more than $900,000 in Alive in Christ funds to assist the rapidly growing mission.

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