Mayor Fischer joined the Louisville Parks Foundation (LPF), members of the Louisville City FC soccer club, Louisville Parks and Recreation staff, other city officials and donors today to celebrate the completion of a new turf soccer field in William Harrison Park. The construction of the field will complete Phase II of three in the LPF turf soccer field campaign for South Louisville, which includes five new fields in three public parks.
Funding for the $183,500 project was the result of a partnership between the Louisville Parks Foundation, a non-profit that supports Louisville Parks and Recreation, Louisville City FC, former Louisville Metro Councilwomen Mary Woolridge and Marianne Butler, the Gheens Foundation, and individual donors.
The 125’ x 225’ field is designed for 7-a-side play, larger than the 5-a-side field the Foundation installed last summer at Beechmont.
“Working with various partners in the community to create new amenities and support for our public parks, is what we, as a foundation, are all about,” said Louisville Parks Foundation CEO, Brooke Pardue. “This is the second field in our South Louisville Soccer Field Project, which means we’ll be coming for Wyandotte Park next!”
“More now than ever, as a community we’re depending on the work of non-profits like the Louisville Parks Foundation and the generosity of those who support them to help move this community forward with investments like the South Louisville Soccer Project,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this field and others full of competitors of all ages enjoying the game of soccer.”
“We strongly believe soccer is a sport for everyone,” said Mario Sanchez, Louisville City FC’s Director of Youth Development and Community Relations. “Helping launch new opportunities for our city to experience the joy of playing soccer fits perfectly into our mission at Louisville City. We look forward to seeing these new fields filled with local soccer players.”
Beginning Saturday, March 16, Louisville City FC and Louisville Parks and Recreation will host free Soccer Skills Clinics for youth 18 and under at the recently installed turf field at Beechmont Community Center. Clinics will take place weekly until April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 502/361-5484 or visit bestparksever.com.
Donations are still be accepted for Wyandotte Park, where (3) 5-a-side fields are planned for construction in Summer 2019.