County investigates improving soccer fields

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM.

Sasnett said she understood a grant to fund the development of soccer and basketball facilities had been denied.

Lockley moved that a portion of $350,000 reimbursed by the Florida Communities Trust for a land purchase be used to fund the field improvements.

”I would like to see us move forward on this,” said Commissioner Smokey Parrish. “I don’t know that we have the money to do the entire project.”

Sasnett said the area designated for soccer at Wilson Field is very low-lying and needs to be upgraded.

Commissioner Cheryl Sanders asked how much upgrading the field would cost.

Assistant County Planner Mark Curenton said that in an application for a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant made in 2013, the estimated cost of a lighted soccer field at $103,000. The cost of constructing a lighted basketball court was an estimated $44,000. The FRDAP grant was not funded.

Lockley and Sanders said they felt the soccer field was a priority because it had been promised.

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