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Short ceremony celebrates construction of outdoor sports complex

Northwest Guardian

Published: 12:00AM August 28th, 2014

Construction has officially begun for the new $12 million Lewis North Outdoor Sports Complex. 25-acres of fully-synthetic fields to play softball, soccer, football and more, as well as basketball in two new courts, are expected to be complete by next summer. They will be open for individual and teams of service members as well as their families.

Construction crews took a short break to allow for the ceremony Aug. 21, while the weather was still nice.

Joint Base Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges spoke at the ceremony.

“With the design of this facility and work of the Army Corps of Engineers, this is going to be a state-of-the-art facility here in the Pacific Northwest with synthetic ballfields,” he said. “I have no doubt this will become the envy of those outside the Pacific Northwest when it’s all said and done.”

He went on to thank the contractors, the Army Corps of Engineers; the Directorate of Public Works as well as the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs before putting on a hardhat and picking up a shovel in honor of the construction.

JBLM’s deputy commander Col. Anthony J. Davit and Heather Waterman, construction project engineer for the Corps of Engineers’ Seattle District joined Hodges in the first dirt-shoveling group.

For more information on the sports complex, see the Aug. 8 story online at