We are pleased to announce that the Sparta Parade Grand Marshalls for 2021are the Sparta Sports Park Board Members! In 2012 these volunteers with a vision for growing the athletics in our community with an emphasis on providing a quality space for our youth. They rallied the community together to bring a unified vision to life. In 2015, the project officially broke ground with a community groundbreaking celebration!
Through ten years of planning, meetings, and fundraising, the board worked tirelessly towards its goal of raising 2.1 Million Dollars to construct a sports park in the Northwest corner of the Village of Sparta. Over $500,000 in DNR Grants were applied for and awarded to the project, over $1.5 million donated through corporate giving, and $500,000 in donated work helped stretch every dollar raised for the park to the max. It is estimated that over 5,000 hours over the last ten years were spent in board meetings, committee meetings, construction meetings, and fundraising meetings by these volunteers to make the park possible.
In 2021, the park officially held its opening ceremony to celebrate the efforts of the volunteers and the donors who made the project possible. On a beautiful April day, the Sparta Sports Park held a Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony inviting the players, community members, and volunteers to take part in the ceremony. The park itself holds 7 baseball/softball fields; 2 multipurpose fields that can be used for football, soccer, and rugby; a concession stand and restroom facility; a walking trail; and a frisbee golf course. None of this would have been possible without the never-ceasing work of the Sparta Sports Park Board. Thank you to those that made the ever-growing legacy of Spartan athletics possible, a park built for the community by the community. It is with great admiration that we announce the 2021 Parade Grand Marshalls as the individuals that have served on the Sparta Sports Park board over the last ten years.
The Finished Park in Spring of 2021