Freese Center

Freese center concept

Planning has been underway since 2015 for a regional sports complex. The Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development has worked in conjunction with the Galion Mayor's Office to develop this project. The Galion Port Authority purchased the land for the project in 2019 and began performing due diligence while a final design is completed.

What is it?

A facility for local and regional sport activity and tourism, as well as other events. This complex will improve the quality of life for families and businesses by generating tourism revenue and attracting new businesses and jobs to the area.

It will contain:

  • 3 basketball courts that can be converted to 6 volleyball courts
  • One turf field
  • Locker rooms
  • Kitchen and café area
  • Second floor mezzanine

Funding Sources

The project will be paid for through several sources. A key source is the Egbert M. Freese Foundation, a private entity that gives an annual endowment to the City of Galion for parks and recreation projects. The Partnership was awarded a $50,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture for design and engineering. The State Capital Bill earmarked $500,000 for construction. Additional funds from private donors are currently being sought.


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