Friday, June 29, 2012

State of the Art Soccer Fields Dedicated In Northeast

Four new soccer fields were dedicated Friday evening... two grass and two synthetic..  all are state of the art.  The fields, parking lot, amphitheater and concession stand/restrooms are on the site of the old bus/trolley barn at 9th and Van Brunt.  This view is looking south from the parking lot on 9th Street.
 Several teams put on an exhibition before it was time for the ceremony.

 When it's 101 you make your own shade if necessary.

 Above, the Northeast News was there interviewing Nick...
 The Mayor also arrived as did Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz, her husband Genaro of the Mayor's staff and many from the City Council and Parks Department.
 Left to right,  Congressman Emanuel Cleaver,  Major James,  John Fierro , Jean Paul Chaurand, President of the Parks Board, Parks Board members McClain Bryant and David Mecklenburg, Scott Wagner 1st District at Large Councilman, and Jermaine Reed, 3rd District Councilman.

 Mark McHenry, Parks Department Director was the Master of Ceremonies.
 The Soccer Park was officially opened with first a ribbon cutting.

 Then a ceremonial soccer ball kick by the dignitaries.
The fields are fully lit for nighttime use as well.   Cost was around 2.6 million dollars.


  1. speeches are __, esp. when it's 100 degrees. : ( those elected folks should have come out in shorts and kicked some balls around. where are the sun-sheilded places there? disgrossted.

  2. There's a large, sun-shielded terrace right in front of the concession stand.... the Community Center is still on the drawing board... it will eventually go where the parking lot is now.

  3. A long way from concrete wasteland / tire dump for sure. Yay! Soccer is hot. I suppose that there will still be some parking lot when the building is put up : )

  4. Hooray, soccer fields where we were promised a community center. Someone should have taken that opportunity to slap the useless, lying sack-o-crap Cleaver.