Excitement building as Youngsville complex opening nears

The long wait for the Youngsville Sports Complex to open is nearly over.

“We are inviting everyone to come out,” Mayor Wilson Viator said at Thursday’s council meeting, as officials detailed plans for the May 31 grand opening. “A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work, and we are very excited about the opening.”

Youngsville Parks and Recreation Director Tim Robichaux said there will be plenty of activities at the grand opening, including a fun jump, face painting and a DJ. He said there will be a soft opening on May 17 with a national softball tournament being held at the complex.

Broussard Youngsville Youth Association will take part in the May 31 festivities and will play its final three weeks of games at the complex. Another tournament will be played May 21. Robichaux said the sports complex website is scheduled to go live Monday.

“We are working to have concessions for May 17 and have everything perfect for May 31,” Robichaux said. “The website will be live and will provide a lot of information.”

Robichaux said scheduled hours for the park will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., depending on the events being held.

Viator said Robichaux has managed to get $680,000 in sponsorships so far for the sports complex, calling that figure “the tip of the iceberg.”

At Viator’s urging, the council voted to hire Teresa Green, who serves as membership chair on the Youngsville Chamber of Commerce, to assist Robichaux with sponsorship sales.

“It takes a lot of time to get sponsorships, and we have done a lot of selling,” Robichaux said. “You have to contact and follow up and follow up the follow-ups. It will be a big advantage to have someone working with us.”

Green will work on a commission-based salary, earning no more than 10 percent of any advertising sold.

The council also voted unanimously to enact an ordinance banning tobacco use at the complex. Councilman A.J. Bernard voted for the ban but expressed concerns on enforcement.

Robichaux said the park will have its own park police to assist the park staff with enforcement.

“I know it is going to be an inconvenience for some,” Robichaux said, “but as a whole, what we are trying to accomplish in promoting health and fitness is more important. I think it is critical to our facility and what we stand for.”