October 25, 2021

Courts going in at complex

Project to create bocce, horseshoe areas at Gutchess site

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Poles mark the perimeter Friday of a planned horseshoe pit at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complext in Cortlandville. The towns plans to create two horseshoe pits and a bocce court within the next few weeks.

Work on creating two horseshoe courts and a bocce ball court at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex will likely start and finish within the next couple of weeks, a Cortlandville official said.

The Cortlandville Town Board voted Wednesday, 5-0, to have the town highway department create the courts west of the pavilion at the complex.

The creation of a pickleball courts east of the complex’s parking lot has been discussed, but further research needs to be done before that happens, Supervisor Tom Williams said at the meeting.

Williams said Thursday that work could begin and finish by Labor Day. The courts would be near the playground.

“We’re trying to make that sort of a community area,” he said.

Cost for the courts would probably not exceed $1,000 and would be done by town highway department crews, Williams said. Funding would come from the town.

As opposed to the two baseball fields at the complex, the bocce and horseshoe courts would be intended to be used by the general public, said Machell Phelps, the executive director of the Cortland Regional Sports Council.

The council, Phelps said, has worked with Cortlandville officials throughout the creation of the complex to bring events that generate economic growth for the town and county. The town is building Gutchess Lumber Sports Park in phases as funding becomes available.

Original costs for the complex ranged between $15 million and $18 million with the ultimate goal of having four baseball fields and a dozen multiuse fields for sporting events like soccer and lacrosse, former Supervisor Richard Tupper said in 2017.

The complex now has two baseball fields. The town recently decided to hire a firm to plan two more baseball fields and an agreement with an organization that rents the existing fields and will use the planned fields for 10 years with two five-year options after that.

The addition of the bocce and horseshoe courts is a part of the complex’s growth, Phelps said.

“The plan is to add as many amenities as possible,” she said.