Fayetteville's close partnership with the Army may soon grow again, in a win-win solution for the city's and Fort Bragg's recreation needs.

City and Fort Bragg leaders are making serious progress on a deal that would free up 110 acres of largely unused Fort Bragg land for development into the city's long-discussed regional sports park. The sports complex, including baseball and softball fields, is part of the city's $35 million parks-and-recreation facility expansion that voters approved in 2016.

Until Fort Bragg entered the picture, the city had been concentrating on two locations — a city-owned site off Fields Road in Cedar Creek, south and east of the city, or land in the Military Business Park off Santa Fe Drive. Both sites have drawbacks. The Cedar Creek area has much low-lying land and it's questionable whether it's a dry enough site for all those ballfields. The the land in the Military Business Park carries a hefty price tag that will tap more of the recreation bond money than is prudent. But that land is also in the best location for an athletic complex, close to hotels and restaurants and abutting the Outer Loop, making it convenient for users throughout this region. Its proximity to Fort Bragg — which is partially within city boundaries — is an important plus.

The Army's land, sitting between the Outer Loop and McArthur Road, is outside the post's secure area and just as accessible and convenient as the Military Business Park. And the price is right — the land wouldn't cost the city a dime and all of the expected $10 million expenditure could go into facilities.

Councilwoman Kathy Jensen, who chairs the city's Parks and Recreation Bond Committee, calls it "a game changer." It is. Build it, and they will come.