Work begins on youth soccer fields

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Local volunteers (above), with experience excavating dirt and leveling ground, worked Tuesday morning on a new soccer field.

The Concordia Soccer Club broke ground this week for the construction of a new soccer field north of Concordia Elementary School (CES).

The soccer club has been working for several years to secure plans and funding for the new field.

Karol Meyer, who helped form the club, said for years the club used city property, a field at Saint Paul Lutheran High School (SPLHS) and an area in front of the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home (LGSH) for games and practices. She said the new field will give the club a designated area for its activities.

The soccer field, on property owned by the Concordia R-2 School District, will include a regulation-size field for older players and a smaller one for younger participants.

All the labor and equipment for the dirt work at the field's location has been donated. The only cost to the club has been fuel and surveying.

Meyer said, so far, $1,500 has been spent on diesel fuel and $1,200 was paid for the survey.

The Concordia Lions Club donated $4,000 to the club last Thursday night, which will go toward the cost of fuel and will help ensure the field is completed.

Meyer said the field will be ready for use by next spring.

The dirt work will be completed within the next week and grass seed sowed in the upcoming months.

Several young soccer players (right) participated in a soccer clinic last week. The camp was held at Concordia Elementary School, next to the site of the new field.

The Concordia Soccer Club started in 2002 after several parents approached the Concordia Parks and Recreation Board about starting a soccer program.

The city did not pursue the idea, but Meyer, who served on the board, and others determined there was a need and helped organize the soccer club. When it started, the club had roughly 60 children enrolled. That number has more than doubled in recent years and the club now has between 120 to 150 participants in the spring and fall sessions.

Meyer said having the field is a major improvement for the club, and it will simplify scheduling games and practices.

"It should be a real asset to the community," Meyer said.

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