Sign is up, work continues at Center Soccer Park complex
The sign is up and ready to greet young soccer players and their fans at Center Soccer Park.
However, the first game is still probably months away. Center City Manager Chad Nehring briefed city council members on progress at a Monday meeting.
“Staff and contractors continue on the Ballard Street Park conversion into the Center City Park,” he said. “The grant received from the East Texas (Communities) Foundation specified for the entrance is installed and complete.”
The new sign has a look similar to the signs at Portacool Park and the city's baseball park.
“The concession stand is being framed and clad,” Nehring said. Work on the fields, landscaping and parking continues with fill material from the downtown streetscape project being used to build up more areas to be used for parking.
The Shelby County Youth Soccer Association has committed to make a $30,000 contribution for the construction of the concession stand and restrooms. The youth soccer group has committed to pay for the facility with a long term loan to be paid off at a rate of $3,000 a year for 10 years.
Nehring said the youth soccer league has solicited contributions from several civic groups with funds previously accepted by the city toward construction of the restroom and concession stand at the park. But even with that support, the funds needed for the project came up about $30,000 short.
Hector Pineda, president of the association, earlier said the addition of restroom facilities and the concession stand the soccer park should be of high enough quality so that the complex should be able to host soccer tournament action for both Center High School and the youth league.
Pineda said the youth soccer program, when not sidelined by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, has about 200 youngsters participating.
Center Soccer Park covers about 21 acres. When completed the complex will have three adult soccer fields which can be divided into smaller fields for younger players.