BG kicks around soccer site plan PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:58
Finding the means to develop additional soccer fields in Bowling Green will be discussed at a meeting Tuesday.
"We're going to see if we can start to develop a plan of attack to meet the pent up demand for soccer fields," Mayor Richard Edwards told the city's Board of Parks and Recreation Tuesday night.
"It is a tough issue because the city has no money. There is an obvious need in the community," Edward said.
The city's Department of Parks and Recreation has developed a "business plan" to address the issue. Edwards said even if the city could afford to spend several hundred thousand dollars on land, money would still need to be found to prepare the site, build parking lots and restroom facilities.
"The city has talked informally with Bowling Green State University about leasing some land. At least the university is willing to talk. That may be an outgrowth of Tuesday's meeting. We need to try to define what we need, at least on a short-term basis, and work through the basic issues," Edwards said.
The city has looked at how other communities have financed soccer fields. The mayor said Perrysburg has largely funded its efforts through soccer clubs and private donations. 
The Bowling Green Soccer Club has been involved raising funds the past two years through the wine and cheese social sponsored by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Soccer fields are now located on green space around the Bowling Green Municipal Court building on South Dunbridge Road. The program is operated by the club for the recreation department.
Approximately 400 youngsters are involved in local soccer programs, according to David Dupont, president of the club.
In her report to the board, Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore indicated other groups interested in athletic field space had been invited to the meeting, along with the foundation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:23

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