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County may take swing at softball tourney
Parks board weighs host costs, impact
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Also during its meeting Tuesday night, Forsyth County’s parks board:

• Approved plans to work out an arrangement with the local school system for the 2012-13 school year to allow 50 Lambert High students to pay a monthly fee of $300 for a parking spot at Old Atlanta Park.

— Jennifer Sami

Forsyth County has the opportunity to play host to the Amateur Softball Association of America’s National Softball Championship in 2014.

But before the July 1 deadline to submit its interest, the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Board wants to get input from the county commission and Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

Specifically, officials want to determine if the costs associated with being the host would be worth the economic impact.

Before voting to bring the issue to the others, the board reviewed the matter with Wayne Maddox, manager of the parks department’s athletic division, during a meeting Tuesday night.

Maddox presented financial figures associated with the event, including being required to pay umpires and scorekeepers, cover the cost of hotel rooms, and purchase trophies, balls and programs, among other expenses.

The actual revenue from the event could reach nearly $49,000, but the costs incurred as host total more than $59,000, Maddox said.

“The bottom line is we’re going to lose money,” he said. “What I’m trying to do here is make sure everyone knows what we’re getting into.”

What those numbers don’t show, he said, is the expenses of the bidding process or the economic impact for the county during the tournament.

That impact would include hotels, meals and other spending by players and their families.

The application to enter the bidding process is July 1, though the county would have until November to work on its bid, which would be up against those from counties in other Southeast states.

Maddox said the event could draw as many as 1,800 people, including players and their families, which would “generate a significant economic impact.”

Board member Daniel Slott, said serving as host could be a good “marketing investment to show our area to a wider audience.”

The board directed Maddox to work on determining the full cost of before it meets with the commission and chamber.