Save the Redding Soccer Park
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Since the Redding Soccer Park opened in 2007, it has welcomed over 1,500,000 visitors. In the greater Redding area, the number of kids playing soccer has doubled. Both Fall and Spring leagues have over 1,200 players. Competitive teams, school teams, adult leagues, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and flag football are consistent users. Tournaments and clinics are also regularly scheduled. The level of play for local players has improved dramatically with year-round playing opportunities.
Gate fees, field rentals, sponsorships and concessions cover the operating expenses of over $400,000 for the utilities, staff, and supplies. The City does not fund any operational costs.
The Soccer Park has built a strong sense of community. Many families meet up and connect at the park. Night after night, week after week. Kids learn important life skills around teamwork, leadership, perseverance, and physical fitness.
Today, we face losing the Soccer Park because the condition of the artificial turf fields has deteriorated so badly, that the fields are mostly black rubber. Without a solution very soon, the Park will have to close.
The Redding City Council will consider replacing the turf at its meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
It is imperative that they hear very clearly from everyone who supports the Park that it is vital part of Redding and worth the investment. Some money has been raised and there is money from a lawsuit, but we still need $2.7M more.
Please add your name, tell your Soccer Park story, and recruit your friends to do the same. Let the City Council hear your voice on-line and at the meeting on March 5th.
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