Hamilton Sports Complex

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Proposed Hamilton, Novato sports complex

There is a proposed 78-acre Novato sports complex that could encompass eight baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a small stadium, a health club and an indoor sports complex in Hamilton neighborhood where it would be built.

The Marin Sports Academy LLC of Kentfield has leased about 53 acres of landfill from the U.S. Army and hopes to negotiate a lease for 25 acres of adjacent land from the city to build a sports complex in the residential area in Southern Novato. The project would be roughly bordered by Highway 101 to the southwest, Ammo Hill to the north and Portsmouth Drive to the southeast.

Plans are still being drafted and the developers, who emphasized their project is in the early stages, have not submitted any development applications to the city of Novato.

The developers say the volume of traffic wouldn't be as great as opponents fear, judicious use of the public address system could minimize noise, advanced technology would eliminate lighting spillover and any problems unearthed in the environmental review process would be addressed.

The complex would accommodate local sports programs such as Little League, youth soccer, baseball, rugby and lacrosse. Though they caution that everything is tentative at this point, the developers also hope to attract youth travel teams from other parts of California and hold weekend tournaments for youth teams, as well as offering facilities for national collegiate championships such as swimming.

These are ballparks that have games scheduled for different times throughout the course of the day.

A public meeting will take place Nov. 14, possibly at the Hamilton Community Center.


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