The 80-acre Rotary Sportsplex was Florida Governor Jeb Bush's second public/private partnership. It was established in 1997 after a group of residents created a plan, formed a community alliance and approached the City of Ocala and Marion County with a workable idea to build a sports complex. Then County Administrator Jim Lowry worked with the director of the Office of Greenways and Trails, Fred Ayer, for the land needed to construct the Rotary Sportsplex on Maricamp Road. Ground was broken in October 1997, and by September 1998, children were playing organized baseball and soccer on ten completed fields. Today, there are 16 fields, serving thousands of players each year with more than $3 million in donated materials and services.
Each year, the Sportsplex hosts numerous tournaments bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact to Marion County.