The Kennewick City Council took a tour of the new $3.2 million Southridge Sports Pavilion during its workshop meeting Tuesday night.
The facility, which opened March 1 and will have a public open house March 22, has room for three basketball courts, which can be converted to volleyball courts, a large meeting room on the mezzanine overlooking the courts, and a lobby area with a cafe.
Prior to touring the facility, the council heard updates about projects in the Southridge Subarea, including completion of the 9/11 Memorial, progress on extending Steptoe Street and Hildebrand Boulevard, efforts to expand the city's urban growth area by about 1,250 acres south of Interstate 82 for industrial development, and development of a website to promote the Southridge Sports Complex and Pavilion through www.playsouthridge.com.
Jeff Kossow, economic development director, also reported on progress of the Three Rivers Carousel Foundation as it prepares plans for a new carousel building to be placed next to the pavilion.
Kossow said the foundation has many new people involved and is meeting monthly. The foundation group intends to report to the council in May, Kossow said.