Newberg, Ore. (Vocus) April 1, 2010
The official deeding of 23 acres of land in March has made George Fox University, at more than 200 acres, the largest Christian college property owner in Oregon and one of the largest on the West Coast.
The additional property, located a half mile north of the school’s main Newberg, Ore., campus, is designated as the Austin Sports Complex. Ken and Joan Austin, owners of the A-dec dental equipment manufacturer, had previously pledged the land to the university, but it wasn’t until this spring that the land was deeded to George Fox.
A groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of the complex’s soccer field is scheduled from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at North Center Street, between Crestview Drive and Mountainview Drive, in Newberg. The public is invited to attend the event, which will take place rain or shine.
Construction of the soccer field is scheduled to begin in April, with the completion set for late summer.
With the additional land, George Fox increased its main-campus property to 108 acres. The university also owns the 92-acre Tilikum Center for Retreats and Outdoor Ministries in Newberg, Ore., along with a teaching center in Portland, Ore., bringing its overall acreage total to more than 200 acres.
The new Austin Sports Complex will include two multi-use synthetic turf fields that can be used for football, soccer or lacrosse, an athletic center building, three grass fields, and a walking/jogging path. The facility will be shared by the university, Newberg High School, local club teams, the parks district and the community.
Phase one of the sports complex project was launched in July of 2009 with the announcement of a $1.2 million lead gift from Brad and Katharine Stoffer and their Boedecker Foundation. Since then, the university received confirmation in October of a $250,000 matching grant designated for the complex.
The matching grant, from an anonymous Newberg family, will match dollar for dollar raised – up to $250,000 – toward the project. The university will use the gift to seek individual gifts and pledges not to exceed $25,000 each and must meet the match by July 1, 2010. As of late March, the university was $35,000 shy of reaching the $250,000 goal.
To date, more than $2 million has been raised toward the project’s $6.5 million goal.
The first phase of the complex calls for the development of 11 of the 23 acres of land through construction of two synthetic turf fields and the athletic center building.
George Fox is partnering with the local parks district to develop the remaining 12 acres in the second phase of the project, which will include the installation of three grass fields.
To learn more about the complex, visit georgefox.edu/Austin-complex.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
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