As the capital campaign to raise the $435,000 to $455,000 needed for Phase 2 of the Northside Park and Soccer Fields Project (NSPSF) continues, the Livingston Youth Soccer Association is grateful for the overwhelming support from local businesses.
Since receiving a very generous offer of a 1 to 1 matching grant of up to $100,000 from the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in December, NSPSF Project has raised over $225,000 in cash, pledges and in-kind services for Phase 2. To date, over 40 businesses and community civic groups such as Livingston Rotary Club, Kiwanis and Soroptimists have found “stretch dollars” to contribute because they can see the how the NSPSF Project is going to be of great benefit to the entire community. Gifts from local businesses have been presented in many different forms. Some are helping monetarily – pledging a monthly gift over time – some as much as $30 per month over three years. Others have elected to give a large gift all at once. In addition, some businesses are helping with in-kind services and have people who are willing to volunteer their time. With all of this help the Northside Park and Soccer Fields project is that much closer to fulfilling its motto “People, Parks and Pathways.”
Looking ahead to spring, the NSPSF needs to raise approximately $125,000 by April 15 to let the bid advertising go out for Phase 2 construction this summer. Phase 2 would be open for public use 12 months after seeding, allowing time to let the grass to grow in. Once Phase 2 is open for use, LYSA will be able to host soccer tournaments here in Livingston, and the park will be available for major community events. Family and friends will be able to gather together and enjoy all the recreational opportunities that surround the park. Phase 2 includes over 7.5 additional acres of park and green space development, more trees, picnic tables and benches, a pathway that traverses the park, room for a third soccer field, the west parking lot and site preparation for a support building and east parking lot. When Phase 2 is finished, the goal for converting the 18 acres of city land into park space will be nearly complete.
With Phase 1 of NSPSF now done, we look forward to celebrating the Park’s Grand Opening Event in August. Phase 1 includes over 7.5 acres of new green space and grass, the south parking lot, a concrete pathway along the west side, 48 trees, picnic tables and benches, and allowance for the placement of two soccer fields. Mark your calendars now to come celebrate this event on Saturday, August 27.
Area residents are encouraged to go to the park and see for themselves how NSPSF will be a wonderful asset to the Livingston community as a whole. 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. The park is located at the corner of North 14th and Summit Avenue.
The NSPSF Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Livingston and LYSA. In August 2011 and after the Grand Opening, Phase 1 of the Park will be accessible to everyone. For more information about the NSPSF Project visit www.livingstonyouthsoccer.org or contact Jeff Dickerson at (406) 220-3011 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the Park progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northsideparkandsoccerfields