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Youth soccer fields at Swope Park open with celebration

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The 2014-15 youth soccer season started with a kick on September 12 at the Swope Park Soccer Village. The second phase of the park includes five youth synthetic-turf soccer fields, parking lots, and amenities.

Olsson Associates land development engineer Trevor Tast completed most of the design for the soccer village. He and several others from the Kansas City offices were on hand for the park dedication. Youth soccer players also helped dedicate the new fields with an inaugural First Kick while Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo and other city officials spoke at the celebration. City officials said the upgrade to the existing park was needed to make the urban core of Kansas City more available for soccer-playing youths. The entire soccer complex includes nine fields, upgraded restrooms, concessions, and parking lots. Olsson provided many services for the project including: survey, geotechnical, roadway design, and construction services.

Artwork recently installed entitled, “Triple Blome,” by local artist Jake Balcom of Mettle Design, highlights the new fields. The sculpture features three steel poles topped by aluminum spheres in the shape of soccer balls.

The youth fields will be used by the Kansas City youth leagues and will host several state and regional tournaments. In fact, the weekend and evening fall season slots are sold out. Trevor said the city staff is already looking to expand the proposed parking. The first weekend drew large crowds, and parking was over capacity.

The first phase, a championship field and parking lot, was completed at the end of last year. Olsson was part of a team that designed and built the field in 120 days. The Big 12 Women’s Soccer Tournament was held there last November. Trevor said a third phase of construction has recently been permitted and construction is underway for an expansion to the existing Sporting KC training facility and locker rooms.

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