Haynes park could be sold to SC4 for soccer complex

The City of Port Huron could be selling Haynes Park – at the corner of 10th and Glenwood Avenues – to St. Clair County Community College for a new outdoor sports facility. Kirk Kramer, Chief Operating Officer for SC4, tells WPHM the college would like to build a artificial soccer field at the site of the current park. “We’re looking to establish an outdoor athletic field, specifically for soccer,” said Kramer. “We’re also looking to build some structures to support it (the field) such as team rooms, concessions, or public facilities for fans.” Kramer says it could also play host to visiting teams and tournaments, much like the former McMorran Pavillion turned SC4 Field House.

Port Huron City Manager James Freed told WPHM Monday that SC4 and the city have worked out a purchase agreement for the property. Pending council approval, the city would sell the park to SC4 for $25,000.  “They (SC4) will deed restrict that park for 20 years to be used for nothing else but athletic purposes,” says Freed. The proceed from the sale of the park would be put in the budget for the Port Huron Parks and Recreation Department. Freed further says that, as part of the agreement, SC4 will keep the Haynes family name on the facility. The purchase agreement will need to be approved by Port Huron City Council. Freed says it could be on council’s agenda as soon as the December 9th meeting.