Organizers of HERO Sportsplex Plan Big Fund-Raising Campaign

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The volunteers behind Hermiston Oregon Sportsplex (HEROS) in Hermiston will be making a big fund-raising push this winter with the goal of raising $1 million.

Luke Swanson gave a status update Thursday night at the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center (EOTEC). The update came during the EOTEC Advisory Committee meeting of which Swanson is a member.

Swanson said the $1 million will pay for additional lighting for the six fields, a portable restroom, soccer goals as well as other items. Anyone interested in donating can do so by calling 541-667-7077.

Swanson said the plan is to get the north fields’ light poles up this winter and “get them lit.” The total cost of putting in lights on the six poles is $500,000. Swanson said local contractors are donating in-kind services.

A 30-foot-by-60-foot building will also be purchased and placed upon a 70-foot-by-100-foot pad. The building will house goals, nets and other equipment.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, EOTEC General Manager Al Davis gave an update on the expansion plans for two of the three barns.

Davis said he hopes to have concrete poured in November and the expansion complete in spring.

Thursday night’s meeting agenda also included reports on last month’s Umatilla County Fair and Farm-City Pro Rodeo, however, the representatives for both the fair and rodeo did not show up. Committee members said those reports would likely be presented at the next EOTEC Advisory Committee meeting.

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