Homer announces plans for sports complex, dog park

An artist’s rendering of a proposed sports complex in the village of Homer (Photo provided by Keystone Associates).

Homer Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe unveiled a proposed plan for a multi-use sports complex and dog park during the Village Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night.

The village recently asked Keystone Associates, a Binghamton-based architectural firm, to create a conceptual design and grant application package for the project, which includes plans for a year-round indoor ice rink, four baseball fields, a water park, walking trails, and even a dog park.

“This sports complex will be an economic engine for the entire region,” Village of Homer Mayor Hal McCabe said in a Facebook post.

The four baseball fields would be made of turf, allowing them to be converted for other sports.

The village says the facility is not designed to compete with the JM McDonald Sports Complex, which is just a few miles away from the proposed site.

In a similar vein, McCabe said the project would be “complementary” to the Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, which is currently undergoing Phase 1 of construction on Route 13 in Cortlandville.

“They are an outdoor park with a strong focus on soccer and lacrosse, our project is a dome with a strong focus on baseball,” he said.

McCabe is asking local residents to weigh in on the project. A public meeting will be held Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Board Room, 31 N. Main St., Homer, N.Y.