New sports complex near The Woodlands facing several issues, from complaints to lack of water

Not everyone is ready to play ball with a new state-of-the-art sports complex near The Woodlands
January 14, 2014 8:25:32 PM PST
Not everyone is ready to play ball with a new state-of-the-art sports complex near The Woodlands.

We're talking about the Scrapyard Sports complex near Oak Ridge North.

The sports complex is just outside of the nearest utility district so the owner why they won't extend water lines to them. But that's just one of the issues that's left many in the community opposing the dugouts.

Mallory Ledoux, 11, is one of hundreds of kids who play ball at Scrapyard Sports.

"I just love the joy of it," he said.

The sports complex opened late last year. But when Ledoux needs to use the bathroom, she has to pass the indoor restrooms and run way past center field just to use a portable toilet.

"You're over on these fields right here, and then you have to go all the way over there to go to the bathroom, and the Porta Potties stink," Ledoux said.

The plumbing is ready and Bryan Beaty, the owner of Scrapyard Sports, says they petitioned the Rayford Road Municipal Utility District to tap into their water.

"We need a service that the Rayford MUD group supplies. It's close, we should be able to connect. To me, there's a win-win there," Beaty said.

The fields are AstroTurf so the request would not be for irrigation. The board says they voted no after examining the business prospect.

"We don't look at the good will or the spirit of the community or anything like that when we make decisions; it's based strictly on financial decisions," Rayford Road MUD director Paul Alli said.

But that vote hasn't stopped the issues. Neighbors complain about the blinding lights and noise.

"When the kids are out there yelling, it's very, very loud. And the lights shine right into our yard," concerned resident Karin Spence said.

"Some of the games have run a little bit late," concerned resident Larry Spence said.

Kids just want to play ball. As for the adults can't seem, they can't seem to agree on the lights being on and the water off.

"On our perspective, we need sleep so that's something we are trying to work out," Karin Spency said.

"We're going to be here and we're a part of the community," Beaty said.

The owner says he could put in his own well, and it's something he's considering.

Meanwhile, neighbors say they're not done talking about the lights or the noise.

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