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MAY 2018

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May 2018 80 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content ortland, Texas unveiled two new sports complexes in October. The openings came only 10 months after the city broke ground on its new ball parks and began concurrent construction of the new facilities. They also came less than six weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast on Aug. 25, 2017. Portland's tagline is "The Land of Possibilities," and city leaders were not going to let a Category 4 hurricane change that. In the hours before Harvey made landfall, it looked like Portland, which sits across the bridge from Corpus Christi on the South Texas coast, might be directly in the path of the massive storm. At the last moment, the storm shifted a few miles to the east, sparing Portland the worst of its wrath. The city experienced destruction, but not devastation. Still the almost-completed sports facili- ties had experienced some damage, so the city and Hellas Construction, which had built the new parks, got to work. Within weeks, repairs and final construction and finish-out were completed. And, Portland's sports fields were ready for business. At the two venues, Municipal Park and the Sports Complex, athletes play on all-synthetic turf fields suitable for all types of sports—from baseball and softball to soccer and football. Municipal Park now has five state- of-the-art baseball fields, which are also suitable for softball and soccer play; a covered playground with splash pad, a covered basketball court, a walking/ jogging track, con- cession areas, and shade structures. The fields feature artificial turf, dugouts, sports lighting, covered spectator seating, dual-lane batting cages, and scoreboards. The Sports Complex, located about a mile from Municipal Park, offers four softball fields that are also suitable for baseball and soccer, a youth football field that can double as a UIL soccer field, a multi-purpose turf field, concession areas, a playground with splash pad, shade structures, and a picnic area with grills. The artificial-turf fields feature sports lighting, covered spectator seating, scoreboards, and dual-lane batting cages and dugouts on the softball fields. A few months after Harvey, Portland, Texas is back to normal. And its sports complexes are teaming with young athletes coming to play on some of the best sports fields in Texas. In fact, in April, Hellas Construction learned that the Portland proj- ects had been named the Project of the Year by the Synthetic Field Council. It was quite an honor…and quite a comeback. Portland, Texas. It's called the land of possibilities. And for young athletes, it just might be. In addition to great sports fields and outstanding hotels that welcome families, Portland's location on two bays provides excellent fishing, boating, sailing, swim- ming, water skiing and kite surfing. This Texas coastal city is located seven miles from downtown Corpus Christi, fronting the Corpus Christi and Nueces bays, and is accessible by two major highways - US Highway 181 and State Highway 35. For details, visit PlayPortlandTexas.com or call 361.777.4651. n P PORTLAND, TEXAS: THE LAND OF POSSIBILITIES…AND COMEBACKS Mona Gandy "These are incredible venues—combining all artificial-turf fields, great weather all year round, a staff intent on making each tour- nament a brilliant experience, and all on the Texas coast. It's everything you could want in a great venue." City of Portland (361) 777-4651 mona.gandy@portlandtx.com www.playportlandtexas.com www.portlandtx.com

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