York Chairman Wants to Rename Sports Complex After Late County Administrator

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The York County Sports Complex is proposed to be renamed to the James O. McReynolds Sports Complex (Courtesy York County)
The York County Sports Complex is proposed to be renamed to the James O. McReynolds Sports Complex (Courtesy York County)

Pending approval from the Board of Supervisors, York County’s sports complex may soon be renamed the James O. McReynolds Sports Complex.

Tom Shepperd Jr., chairman of the board of supervisors, said he and the other four members have been thinking for several months about ways to commemorate James “Mac” McReynolds, who died in October after serving 13 years as county administrator.

“It’s a great way for us to remember Mac and his wonderful contribution,” Shepperd said Wednesday.

Shepperd and the other members began looking at different sites in the county that Mac had a hand in bringing to fruition, and the board settled on the sports complex after running it by McReynolds’ wife Pam.

“She thinks Mac would be really honored,” Shepperd said.

James Orie "Mac" McReynolds (Courtesy York County)
James Orie “Mac” McReynolds (Courtesy York County)

The sports complex, located on Route 17 across from Heritage Square Shopping Center, opened in 2009 and contains seven baseball and softball fields, six soccer fields, two playgrounds, three concession stands, multipurpose paths and 31 picnic shelters.

Shepperd said McReynolds played a large role in negotiating a 40-year lease with the city of Newport News, who owns the land, as well as coordinating the many facets of the $18 million project.

Shepperd will formally propose a resolution to rename the sports complex at the Board’s April 21 meeting, and a ceremony will be held at the site a few weeks later.

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