Progress Report:

January 2012
– First official meeting of Youth Sports Organizations
– Greg Peak – President - Sparta Youth Rugby
– Tim Driscoll – President -Sparta Little League
– Tim Gordon – 
Sparta Resident
– Ed Hilton – President - FC Ridge Youth Soccer
– Lisa Budd – Sparta Resident - Secretary
– Agreed to form 501-3c Non-Profit Organization called “S.A.R.A.” Sparta Area Recreation Association
– Researched multiple properties and established the Doug Ostman property as best fit for sports complex
– Gave $100.00 land retainer to hold property for S.A.R.A.
– Reviewed first conceptual drawing of sports complex layout
– All youth sports programs donate $1,000 each to establish & promote S.A.R.A.
– Sparta Youth Cheerleading becomes partner of S.A.R.A

February 2012
– S.A.R.A. applied for 501-3c Status / Fed. tax number established
– S.A.R.A. Bylaws established
– Weekly Board meetings to establish public awareness campaign & next steps
– S.A.R.A. creates “Presentation of Ideas” for a Sports Complex & Recreation Center in Sparta, MI

March 2012
– Individual meetings with Village & Township Board of Directors

– S.A.R.A. gives “Presentation of Ideas” to Township and Village
– Established that a Recreation Millage was needed to help fund project
– S.A.R.A. commits to getting $250,000 in corporate donations to help fund the project contingent on passing Nov. Recreation Millage vote
– Gained full support from Village & Township to pursue partnership & next steps
– S.A.R.A attends Sparta Business Expo to start public awareness campaign
– S.A.R.A establishes Facebook page www.facebook.com/spartaarearecreationassociation

April 2012
– Individual meetings with Village & Township Boards

– S.A.R.A. gives “Presentation of Budgets, Public Campaign & Survey”
– Gained full support from Village & Township to pursue next-steps
– Public awareness campaign continues
– S.A.R.A. meets with local municipalities and organizations within Sparta, MI to gain support of efforts
– S.A.R.A. meets with Sparta Public Schools’ PTC & Sports Boosters to give presentation
– FC Ridge Soccer establishes S.A.R.A. as official 4-5 yr. old sponsor for 2012 spring season

May 2012
– First Meeting with Village & Township Boards together at the Civic Center

– Established talks and agreed to form “Sparta Recreation Authority” to oversee construction, allocation of funds, maintenance & long term
operation
– Advisory Board to consist of: 2) Village Board Members, (2) Township Board Members, (2) S.A.R.A. Board Members and (3) Public Board Seats
– Sparta Township agrees to purchase land contingent on passing Nov. Recreation Millage vote
– S.A.R.A launches website
www.sara-sparta.org to continue public awareness campaign
– S.A.R.A Survey is completed and launched on website and Facebook

June 2012
– Public Awareness Campaign

– S.A.R.A meets with public at Civic Center to create awareness, transparency and promote Public Survey
– $50,000 donation from DDA “Downtown Development Authority” contingent on passing Recreation Millage vote

July 2012
– Public Awareness Campaign & S.R.A. Board continues to evolve

– S.A.R.A has booth at Concerts in the Park every Wednesday night to meet with public
– S.A.R.A. spends 4 days at Sparta Town & Country Days to meet with public and promote Public Survey
– S.R.A. Sparta Recreation Authority is formed as Advisory Board and drafts “Articles of Incorporation”

August 2012
– Public Awareness Campaign & S.R.A. Board continues to meet
S.A.R.A has booth at Concerts in the Park every Wednesday night to meet with public to promote Public Survey
– S.R.A. Sparta Recreation Authority has first meetings as Advisory Board and establishes board members
– S.A.R.A. meets with local Agricultural Community within Sparta, MI to gain support of efforts
– S.R.A. Sparta Recreation Authority has first planning meeting to establish "Next Steps"
– S.A.R.A sponsors a dinner for Concerts in the Park to support public and community events
 
– S.A.R.A becomes official sponsor for Sparta Youth Footballs "Flag Football" program reaching out to over 100 young atheletes. 


September 2012
– Public Awareness Campaign & S.R.A. continues to meet

– S.A.R.A makes presentation to Sparta School Board and gains thier support of our efforts.
– S.R.A. Sparta Recreation Authority has meetings to establish Millage Proposal.
– S.R.A. Sparta Recreation Authority has meetings to establish further next steps.
– S.A.R.A continues campaign awarness efforts.
– S.R.A. Sparta Recreation Authority forms Project sub-comittee to research other sports and park facilities

October 2012
– Public Awareness Campaign & S.R.A. continues to meet

– S.A.R.A Launches "Vote Yes" campaign with billboards, and other advertising materials.
– Sparta Township Signs Purchase Agreement to Purchase the "Proposed Site" Property! (closing date TBD in November).
November 2012
– Public Awareness Campaign & S.R.A. continues to meet

– Millage defeated by 366 votes.
January 2013
-S.R.A. and S.A.R.A. begin discussing private capital campaign. Seed money for engineering plans is sought from DDA.
Spring 2013
-SRA and Sparta Township create lease agreement. 
Summer 2013
-Engineering RFP sent out and reviewed by SRA.
Fall 2013
-Engineer Viridis chosen by SRA.  SARA $2.1 million dollar capital campaign begins. 
Winter 2014
-SARA capital campaign underway. 
Spring 2014
-SRA updates drawing of plan after Wetland Delineation Report.
Summer 2014
-SARA reaches $1,000,000 in pledges!
Fall 2014
-SRA creating and revising operational plan and maintenance policy.
Winter 2014
-Finalize planning and continue fundraising.
Spring/Summer 2015
-MEDC $100,000 local Grant Challenge met!
-DEQ permitting applied for construction
-Ground Breaking Ceremony May 5!
Winter 2015
-DEQ Permitting approved
-Fundraising reaches $1.91 Million Dollars
Spring 2016
-Construction Slated to Begin!
   
 

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