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Project Status

Construction at the Vela Athletic Complex in North Lakes Park continues to progress. New sod has been laid and a new playground consisting of slides, swings, and numerous other play features are also ready to go. In early 2019, work began on the concession/restroom facility, and the target date for completion is May 2019.

Project Background

The G. Roland Vela Athletic Complex will be Denton's new soccer complex named for G. Roland Vela, a retired University of North Texas professor and former City Council member. The complex is expected to open in March with four fenced and lighted adult size multi- purpose athletic fields, a parking lot, playground, pavilion, and a restroom and concessions building. The complex is funded primarly through voter approved bond packages, park dedication funds, and general funds.

Project Updates

August 16: The Vela Athletic Complex grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, August 31 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  A soccer and rugby tournament will begin at 9:00 A.M. FC Dallas will host free soccer clinics, taught by FC Dallas coaches, for anyone interested.

August 1: The Vela Athletic Complex is scheduled to open to the public with a grand opening event in late August 2019. In the final phase of construction, the 3,200-square-foot concession stand/restroom facility was completed. The playground has new slides, swings, and other play features for residents to enjoy. For reservation information, contact the City's Parks and Recreation Department at (940) 349-7275.

May 20: The Vela Athletic Complex has reached the final stages of construction and is scheduled for completion this month, May 2019.