Grand Park in Westfield is adding soccer fields. The $160,000 project includes up to eight new soccer fields and additional parking spaces.
April 20, 2015
WESTFIELD, Ind. – At Monday’s City Council Meeting, a partnership was announced with Westfield Youth Soccer (WYSA)/Indiana Fire Juniors (IFJ) to construct 7-8 additional soccer fields at Grand Park. This will allow the park to serve as the primary location for the recreational soccer program.
The fields will be constructed on land adjacent to the park that is currently not being utilized. Additional parking spaces will also be added. The cost is approximately $160,000. The Westfield City Council was instrumental in making this partnership possible.
“After the sale of the fields at Shamrock Springs, we felt it was important to find a way to make sure the youth recreational program could have a permanent home at Grand Park,” said Westfield City Council President, Chuck Lehman.
The WYSA Recreational Soccer program, in partnership with the Indiana Fire Juniors Travel Soccer program, serves more than 1,500 local youth soccer players each year.
Recreational soccer focuses on developing and nurturing a love for soccer in a family friendly atmosphere. The staff has been privileged to watch many children grow from clumsy 4-year-olds trying to kick a ball to young adults making their marks in the community. Club leaders have received volumes of feedback from parents whose children were changed by the sport. These same players often continue to participate as college or adult recreational soccer players and as coaches and referees.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be moving our Recreational Soccer program to Grand Park,” said Mark K. Anderson, WYSA/IFJ co-chairman. “The City of Westfield’s generous plan will allow us to continue offering soccer practices and games in one convenient location, with a consistent schedule that is sensitive to today’s busy families.”
The WYSA/IFJ Recreational Soccer program is open to anyone from age 4 to 18. The program’s outreach includes several area families who qualify for a reduced fee scholarship program. Volunteer coaches generously share their time and talents to mentor young players both on and off the field.
“Over the years, we have found that the Recreational Soccer program makes a difference in the lives of area families,” Anderson said. “We strive to offer a program that is cost-effective, family oriented and open to all young players, regardless of soccer experience. The program has grown consistently over the years, as more and more players discover their love for the game.”
About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
Visit GrandPark.org for more information.
Source: City of Westfield