A presentation on the soon-to-be-built million-dollar YMCA soccer complex and its potential economic impact on the Palestine community will be featured during the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce's quarterly chamber luncheon this month.
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at Ben E. Keith Community Room, located at 2019 W. Oak St. in Palestine.
“The new soccer complex is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” said Marc Mitchell, Executive Director of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce. “This soccer complex would allow Palestine to host tournaments which could positively impact the city economically on many different levels from hotel overnights, visitors eating at local restaurants and shopping in our stores.”
Palestine YMCA CEO David Hendricks and Alex Patel from Palestine Hampton Inn will be the guest speakers. Thanks to a $200,000 donation provided by Patel, the youth organization is planning to break ground on the project by next spring.
In honor of Patel's donation, the site will be named the Alex Patel Soccer Complex, which will boast multiple soccer fields, a Boy Scout Nature Trail, pavilion, picnic area, parking lots and other facilities. The complex will be located atop 75 acres just outside the city limits near the intersection of Texas 19 and U.S. 287 North.
In a recent Herald-Press interview, Hendricks said the YMCA plans to have the complex finished by the fall 2015.
“The Y has already purchased 75 acres that's outside of town, where (highways) 19 and 287 come together,” he said. “And this is our vision: our goal for this is these will be game-day and tournament fields, and so these will be irrigated” — Hendricks pointed to the map — “and this will be a first-class complex out there.”
The Business of the Quarter and the Ambassador of the Quarter also will be announced.
Cost to attend the luncheon is $10. RSVP to 903-729-6066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herald-Press Staff Writer Grace Gaddy contributed to this story.