PALM COAST - If you've been by the Indian Trails Sports Complex lately, you'll notice there are some changes happening and coming soon! These are exciting improvements that will make the overall experience at the park better and offer more opportunities for tournaments.

There are ten total multi-use fields and four ball fields at the ITSC. In order to accommodate the growing demand for field space, the City of Palm Coast's Parks & Recreation department is recommending converting Fields 1 and 2 into baseball and softball fields within phases, which were highlighted at a City Council workshop Tuesday, Aug. 27.

In phase 1, two softball fields could be converted with existing space and modified with fencing, dug-outs, bleachers, and possible lighting if funding allows. There could also be two T-ball fields created. These conversions would cost $220,000. City crews could begin the conversion process once the City Council gives the green light, which could come up as soon as the next business meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

"I'm excited for this next opportunity to grow with our community groups and hope to expand tournaments with new playability," Interim Parks & Recreation Director Lauren Johnston said. "This is another step in our department becoming more community focused."

There are several tournaments scheduled to use the sports complex for soccer, lacrosse and baseball from now until next summer. The plan is to use the partnership with Flagler County Parks and Recreation to make sure all needs are met. None of the tournaments will go away. Annually, tournaments bring in a $6.8 million economic impact to the region.

In a future phase, two T-ball fields could be converted into baseball and softball fields with fencing, dug-outs, bleachers with covers, lighting and expanded parking.

Additional improvements to the Indian Trails Sports Complex that were approved in July include upgrading four buildings and replacing the parking and street lighting with LED fixtures. This will make them more efficient, user-friendly and bring them into compliance with current ADA standards.

The four buildings included in this project are the baseball/concession scorer's building, the north restroom/concession building, the restroom with picnic area building, and the maintenance building.

The baseball/concession scorer's building includes selective demolition, new ADA plumbing fixtures, new grease trap for the kitchen, new windows, countertops, toilet partitions, finishes, exhaust fans, lighting retrofit to LED, a new electrical subpanel and new dedicated concession circuits.