It will have an indoor boxing gym, batting cages with pitching machines, video games, pool tables, ping pong, driving nets for avid golfers, arcade basketball, darts , trampolines, mixed adult and youth kickball tournaments, indoor youth tee ball league, indoor soccer, 50-yard multipurpose field, weights, fitness with ellipticals and bikes, NCAA grass, tutoring, classes, gym parties, and more.
Jones noted that there will be no cell phone use at the recreation center.
The indoor boxing gym, ‘DSM Boxing’, is dedicated to Davey Moore, a featherweight world champion from Springfield. Jones used his initials for the name of the gymnasium and was authorized by Moore’s family to do so.
“We offer this as a bit like holding a namesake, to educate people on who this guy was and who accomplished his career. We pay tribute to realize the talent that comes from Springfield,” he said. “Young people in the city need to be guided by positive role models.”
The center will also host self-defense classes taught once a week by Kevin Morris who currently teaches classes at Mt. Zion Baptist Church but is moving to the center, and the Miami Valley Cornhole Association will begin tournaments later this month on Monday. .
All ages are welcome at the recreation center, which will sell daily wristbands for access to all amenities except the weight and boxing room, starting at $10. There will also be weekly wristband packs for purchase. The boxing gym will have a separate monthly membership starting at $75 for ages 5-6 and up.
Jones, who was born and raised in Springfield, said he grew up frequenting the former Shamrock Family Fun Center, which was a bowling alley and entertainment venue that closed in 2018.
“I bought the property opposite and lived there for about four years. I saw the building sitting there and rotting, so I came up with the idea of an indoor sports complex,” he said. “I had the opportunity to get it, I got the building in August. In seven months, this has made a major turnaround and I am getting back on my feet…I am dedicated to creating a better community structure for young people.
Jones said he plans to hold fundraising and other events throughout the year, including a free community Easter egg hunt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, to ages 12 and under, as well as a haunted house later this year called, “Nightmare on Main Street.” He also wants to host food trucks and organize gatherings this summer.
Jones said the center needs volunteers for the recreation center and boxing gym, as well as donations. If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or are a food truck vendor, contact Jones at [email protected] or on the center’s Facebook.