The City of Porterville continues to progress with the development of a major sports complex to be located near downtown.
At its meeting on Tuesday, The Porterville City Council approved a mitigation negative declaration of environmental impact and the development of the Heritage Sports Complex, a nearly 12-acre sports complex to be located near the Heritage Center. The sports complex will be located south of Olive Avenue, adjacent to the Rails to Trails Parkway, also referred to as the Santa Fe Byway.
“The new complex will provide recreational opportunities and activities for an underserved part of Porterville,” the City of Porterville stated.
The Heritage Sports Complex will be a part of the Santa Fe Byway development, which also could be referred to as the “Eastside Parks and Recreation Corridor.” Also included will be the new library that will be located just south of the South County Justice Center and a recreation center/park at Henderson and Fourth Street.
The Heritage Sports Complex is set to include 12 4,000-square foot lighted field turf mini-arena soccer fields with scoreboards, also referred to as “mini-pitches,” two 6,000-square foot multi-use lighted arenas with scoreboards, a challenge fitness obstacle course, restrooms, various playground equipment, covered benches, and picnic shelters.
City officials have stated the complex will be the only one of its kind in the Valley in which those from all over the Valley and state will come to for tournaments and other activities. The complex could be possibly used for other sports such as volleyball and pickleball.