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A proposed athletic complex would add baseball and softball fields and other facilities south of Columbus High School.

Kollin Miller, The Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Columbus Public Schools officials received bids Wednesday for conceptual drawings for a possible sports complex that would be built on a 24-acre site along the southeast corner of the high school campus.

The possibility of developing a sports complex has been met with a lot of interest from the Columbus Baseball Association, community softball organizations and Columbus Tennis Association, said Leonard Kwapnioski, executive director of technology and operations for the school district.

CPS officials sought the 2-D and 3-D drawings to determine how the different pieces of a complex would fit together on the site south of the high school.

“We’re a long way from breaking ground,” Kwapnioski said.

Bids were submitted by Jeffrey Bruce Co. of North Kansas City, Missouri, Olsson Associates of Lincoln, Lamp Rynearson of Omaha and Alfred Benesche and Co. of Lincoln.

Superintendent Troy Loeffelholz, David Melick, executive director of business operations/human relations, Kim Kwapnioski, executive director of the CPS Foundation, and Leonard Kwapnioski were expected to select the winning bid.

The conceptual drawings will give local organizations "a touch and a feel” for a complex while promoting community involvement in the process, Leonard Kwapnioski said.

CPS wants to bring local organizations on board, but the sports complex would focus first on providing space for district practices and athletic events, the operations director said during Monday’s school board meeting.

He said a complex could include two baseball and two softball fields, each with one artificial turf field, a playground, indoor practice facility, tennis courts, multipurpose room, concession stand, batting cages, bathrooms, locker room space for officials and parking.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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