Smith River Sports Complex to make improvements with $2.4 million Harvest grant

LEFT TO RIGHT: Scott Prillaman, chairman of the Smith River Sports Complex Board of Directors, Executive Director Lloyd Barber and DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation

AXTON – The Harvest Foundation will provide a three-year grant of $2.4 million to the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority in support of the Smith River Sports Complex.

This grant includes funding for capital improvements at the complex, as well as operations funding. Planned improvements include replacement of the turf fields, repairs to the pedestrian bridges, parking lot and drive resurfacing, installation of LED lights in the parking lots and fence replacements.

“The Smith River Sports Complex is one of the foundation’s first investments in the Martinsville-Henry County community,” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “It is a community asset that we are very proud of, and it is the foundation’s goal to see the complex become a self-sustaining operation that continues to serve the citizens of MHC in the future.”

The Smith River Sports Complex continues to serve as a safe, outdoor space for organized sports and recreational opportunities while promoting healthy lifestyles and fitness.

“This show of commitment from The Harvest Foundation to the SRSC project is very meaningful to us,” said Lloyd Barber, executive director of the Smith River Sports Complex. “We are grateful for the tremendous support. As the facility gets a refresh, we will continue to work hard to fulfill its mission and attract events that benefit the local economy.”

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