The Bandera County Sport Complex began with the dream – a dream to build an athletic center for the youth and adults in the community to enjoy for many years to come. Bandera County is unlike many counties that have plenty of activities for the youth. Bandera, being the county seat, does not have bowling alleys, theaters, or any recreational facilities for the children and youth; therefore, forward – thinking citizens of Bandera County knew they had to do something to fill this void.
In 2001, the Bandera Optimist Club was approached by Flying “L” Land and Livestock, LLC, and offered a gift of land. That gift of 7.5 acres placed the Bandera Optimist Club in a position to purchase an additional 22.5 acres from Mike Luigs of Flying “L” Land & Livestock, making a total of 30 acres available for development of a complete sports complex. In 2003 the Bandera Electric Cooperative gave the Bandera Sports Complex another 1.65 acres of land to build a Senior Baseball Field. That made a total of 31.56 acres that we have been developing into the Sports Complex.
A board of directors including representatives from flag football, little league, soccer, and the Bandera Optimist Club was organized to develop this raw land into a complex that would serve the people in the community. Bratton Architects of Boerne was hired to design and develop a Conceptual Master Plan (design below) for the property to take care of the present as well as future years. The Master Plan was completed the spring of 2002. The master plan was designed to accommodate children of all ages, adults and senior citizens.
So far, the baseball, tee ball, soccer, and flag football fields have been completed.
We look forward to completing our next projects: paving the roads and parking lots, completing a walking trail around the complex with exercise equipment along the way, picnic areas, additional restrooms, tennis courts, and a swimming pool to be enjoyed by all ages.
Conceptual Master Plan
Bratton Architects of Boerne, Texas, drew up a Conceptual Plan for the Bandera County Sports Complex. This was for 30 acres and parking for 337 cars. Click on the picture l below for a printable version (8 1/2 by 14).