History of the Complex
Lacey and Thurston County jointly acquired the 67-acre site in 1998 at a cost of $2,865,538, partially funded with a state grant of $282,802, and undertook master planning for the facility in 2000. Construction of Phase 1 was completed in 2004, and included four soccer/football/rugby fields. The City of Lacey acquired a 4.39 acre parcel adjacent to the RAC in 2006 for a future commercial venture at a cost of $435,000. In 2007, a 25.99-acre parcel of Phase 3 property was acquired at a cost of $2,145,000. In 2008, construction began on Phase 2.
Designed by Bruce Dees and Associates of Tacoma, the facility received the "2009 Design of the Year Award" from the International Northwest Parks and Recreation Association and the Ron Rowe Community Partnership Award from the Lacey Rotary Club. In 2006, the Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) presented the Athletic Facility Spotlight Award for Phase 1 Development and again in 2010 for Phase II Development to the City of Lacey and Thurston County. Ceccanti, Inc. of Tacoma was the project’s general contractor.
The $18.9 million complex was financed through $12.3 million in local Public Facilities District (PFD) financing; $2.4 million in City of Lacey funds, $1.9 million in Thurston County Conservation Futures funding; $1.7 million in Lacey Parks Bond revenue; and $523,000 in grant funding from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).
Phase 3 (25.99 acres on the west side of Marvin Road) will be developed in the future as funding becomes available.