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The Zone Sportsplex will close on Jan. 15

Tyler Meek swings for a ball in The Zone Sportsplex
Tyler Meek swings for a ball in The Zone Sportsplex's batting cages in December while going through tryouts for the 2012 Babe Ruth World Series Host team.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

POULSBO — As of Jan. 15, The Zone Sportsplex will no longer exist.

The Zone Sportsplex will become a training facility for Gravitec Systems, Inc., a Bainbridge Island-based fall protection and rescue services company.

Gravitec is currently in the final stages of acquiring the property and building where the Sportsplex is located, according to a press release sent by Gravitec Wednesday morning. Renovations to the building are scheduled for the end of January.

"We're very excited. Increased facilities will allow us to expand our operations and increase our year-round student enrollment," Gravitec President Randall Wingfield said. "We've been very fortunate to experience continued growth in troubled economy."

Calls to Sportsplex owner Brian Edgren have not been returned.

The Zone Sportsplex is a multisport, indoor venue on Finn Hill Road in Poulsbo. The building includes three batting cages, a 10,000-square-foot baseball/softball field and indoor soccer field. Clinics and sports leagues called the indoor venue home.

Brent Stenman, co-president of the 2012 Babe Ruth World Series, said the World Series committee was notified of the closure on Monday. The committee, along with host team manager Russ Shiplet, began hosting a series of baseball clinics at the Sportsplex in December. The clinics are being used to recruit players for the tournament's host team.

Two more clinics were scheduled for Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, but the committee must now find a different location. A new location could be announced by next week. Shiplet said if the weather cooperates, the other clinics may be held outside.

Once the change in ownership is made, the facility is expected to bring up to 50 visitors per week. Plans for the building include a testing laboratory to test fall protection products. The building will allow for an increased student capacity and climbing structure for exercises. Gravitec is currently located at 9453 Coppertop Loop Northeast, Bainbridge Island.

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