Thatcher Recreation Complex moves into next phase of development

Conceptual drawing for the Thatcher Recreation Complex, which is under construction. - Contributed Graphic/Town of Thatcher

THATCHER — In year one, the grass was planted, a walking/jogging path was carved out and parking lots put in place.

Now  work is beginning on some of the amenities — including pickleball courts, a disc golf course, a 4,500-seat amphitheater and planting of more than 300 trees — at the Thatcher Recreation Complex, located west of the town’s baseball fields and skate park off Reay Lane.

“We’re looking at the big picture; we’re listening to what we’re hearing from the community. They want amenities, they want places to gather,” Town Manager Heath Brown said during a recent appearance on Voice of the Valley.

“We see this as a place where we could have the Fourth of July and fireworks, concerts. We’ll have the capacity to have a lot of large celebrations and festivals there. It’ll be slow coming but I think it has tons of potential.”

Budget for the complex at full build out is about $2.5 million, with costs kept low by utilizing town staff for construction. The project is estimated to be completed in 2025.