On Wednesday, September 15th the Livingston Youth Soccer Association and Livingston’s Chamber of Commerce hosted an After-hours social at Northside Park and Soccer Fields. City Commissioner Steve Caldwell, former Commissioner and current State Representative Bob Ebinger, Livingston City Attorney Bruce Becker, former Commissioner Vicki Blakeman, and Livingston Public Works Director Clint Tinsley were present among nearly 60 community members to enjoy a beautiful evening in the park. With great food and beverages and a magnificant view of the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, a great time was had by all!
Around 5:30pm, Chamber and community members began to arrive and observed in awe the progress of the park and the spectacular view from there. At about 6pm, NSPSF Chairperson and LYSA President Jeff Dickerson welcomed everyone to the park, shared some information about the park’s progress and thanked all of the donors who so generously supported Phase 1. Representing the Livingston Rotary, Club President, Cyndy Rigler presented Jeff Dickerson with a check for $1500 to sponsor a tree in the park. Rotary members will help plant the tree.
Phase 1 of the construction for NSPSF – including over 7.5 acres of new green space and grass, the south parking lot, cement pathway along the west side, over 50 trees, picnic tables, benches, and allowance for the placement of two soccer fields – is complete. A capital campaign is now in full force to raise the $600,000-700,000 needed to build Phase 2, which includes a third soccer field, more trees, picnic tables and benches, a walkway that traverses the park, the west parking lot and site preparation for a support building and east parking lot. All of this completes the goal of converting the last 7.5 acres of city land into park space. In the next six weeks the park will see more trees planted, the park benches installed along the pathway, the west hill construction edges reseeded to native grasses, erosion mats placed and winter prep for the underground irrigation system. While the pathway is open for use, the grass areas are at a critical growth stage and people are asked to refrain from walking on the grass until the park officially opens in August 2011.