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A $19 million project spearheaded by York County’s longest standing administrator will soon receive a name change.
The York County Board of Supervisors officially voted to rename the sports complex off Route 17 the James O. McReynolds Sports Complex on Tuesday.
McReynolds, who died in October of an apparent heart attack, spent 13 years as York County’s administrator.
Under his tenure, the county formed an agreement with the city of Newport News, which owns the land where the sports complex is now situated, and secured a 40-year lease while coordinating the many facets of the project.
The complex opened in 2009 and contains seven baseball and softball fields, six soccer fields, two playgrounds, three concession stands, multipurpose paths and 31 picnic shelters.
“Everybody that ever dealt with Mac thought the community recognized the tremendous capability he had for retaining things,” Chairman Tom Shepperd said at the meeting. “He was able to take the human resources and put it in a context for us as supervisors to put it into policies.”
Shepperd said there was “a lot of turmoil” surrounding the project.
“There were naysayers,” he said. When the project was first proposed, the county expected 600,000 visits a year.
“We are very close to exceeding the capability of that complex because it’s a big desire in our community,” Shepperd said. “That’s Mac McReynolds. You’re living the legacy of what Mac has done for our community.”
The name change will occur in a few weeks during a ceremony. A date has not yet been set.