Byron Optimist Sports Complex
Your Byron Optimist Sports Complex
Some Background Information
The facility is located at 618-678 Boler Road at Optimist Park Drive, and is fully operated and
maintained by the Byron Optimist Sports Complex Inc. - a charitable organization. The Complex
originally occupied 19-acres of land which was donated to the Optimist Club of Byron by local
developer Mr. Bill Willcock and was offi cially opened to the public in June 1979.
At the opening, the Sports Complex contained 4 Baseball diamonds, 2 Soccer fi elds, an Equip-
ment Storage Building including a Concession Booth which was operated by the Opti-Mrs. Club of
Byron and ample parking for participants and spectators. Over the years there have been many
changes. In 1982, Mr. Bill Willcock donated another 3 acres of land which was added to the existing
parking lot which brings the complex up to 22 acres.
Since the opening in 1979, other additions include a playground for the kids, plus additional out
buildings to house the equipment needed to operate the facility.
Today the facility offers 3 baseball diamonds and 3 soccer fi elds, with all but one fi eld being fl oodlit
for night use and 4 of the fi elds are irrigated.
Many people do not realize that the Sports Complex is not owned or operated by the City of Lon-
don and that the Sports Complex must pay property taxes every year.
The Complex is governed by a volunteer group of people and only the summer grounds keeper is
a paid position.
The cost to operate the Sports Complex is over $140,000.00 yearly and
the Optimist Club of Byron contributes about $80,000.00 per year with the
balance coming from rental fees to user groups.
We are proud that our Complex
is home to some of the fi nest
playing fi elds and safest play-
grounds in the city.
We are also proud that the
Complex provides a place for
youth to be part of a team while
learning baseball and soccer
If you have any questions,