(BRAIN) — City officals held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a
new $4 million multi-sport complex that will include an indoor
Construction on the facility at Detroit's Tolan Playfield will begin
this spring and completion is expected by late summer. The facility was
funded by The Detroit Fitness Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Mayor Mike Duggan said, "Having safe and healthy spaces within our
neighborhoods for families to live and play is essential to our city's
continued growth. The Detroit Fitness Foundation initiative will be a
great asset to our community and its residents."
The velodrome was designed by Dale Hughes, who has designed and built
more than 20 velodromes worldwide, including the 1996 Olympic Velodrome
in Atlanta and the 2015 Pan Am Games Velodrome in Toronto. Hughes is
the executive director of the DFF and a lifelong resident of Detroit.
"Our goal is to provide kids with opportunities to turn the Olympic
dream into a reality," Hughes said. "I've had the honor of working on
projects around the world but I am thrilled to bring this
state-of-the-art indoor complex to my back yard in the city of Detroit."
Besides the velodrome, the facility will include running, walking and
in-line skating lanes and a multi-purpose infield and coffee
In addition to the indoor complex, DFF is donating $125,000 for
additional outdoor improvements to the park, and the city has committed
$250,000 for new outdoor features including playground equipment, a
picnic shelter and tables, fitness station, skateboard ramp and
DFF is seeking a naming rights sponsor and offering additional sponsorship opportunities for the complex.