Elliott Josephson wins 2019 Iowa Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award
Prairie Ridge Sports Complex Facilities Superintendent Elliott Josephson was named the 2019 Iowa Sports Turf Manager of the Year at the 2020 Iowa Turfgrass Conference last week. Elliott was recognized for his professional ability and contribution to the sports turf industry of Iowa; and for his efforts in leading the sports turf industry into the future.
"Elliott is very deserving of the award. He and his team spend countless hours working on the fields to keep the Complex as a first-class facility, even when the weather decides it is not going to cooperate" said Parks & Recreation Director Nick Lenox. "Our fields are consistently ranked among the best playing surfaces in the Midwest. We are very fortunate to have Elliott as part of our team and the passion he brings for serving the community.”
The Prairie Ridge Sports Complex is located in northwest Ankeny and occupies approximately 124 acres of land. Annually, it hosts over 13,000 scheduled events and 2,000 tournament games, as well as serving as the dedicated home facility for the Ankeny’s Girls Softball Association, Little League, Lacrosse, Junior Football and Iowa Rush. Complex amenities include:
- 15 baseball fields
- Nine soccer fields
- Six softball fields
- Five football fields
- 12 baseball/softball fields with lights
- Four soccer fields with lights
- Four concession stands with restrooms
- Parking lot with 1,200 vehicle capacity
- Walking trails
- Two playgrounds
- Two fishing ponds
Prairie Ridge Sports Complex is owned and operated by the City of Ankeny.