Grass is growing and Northside Park and Soccer Fields Project (NSPSF) is busy getting ready for the Grand Opening of Phase 1 – scheduled for Saturday, August 27 from 1pm-5pm. Bring a blanket and some lawn chairs and spend a fun-filled day in the park with friends and family, and celebrate how a small town with a big vision can pull together as a community and make things happen. Some of the activities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a biodegradable balloon release, a soccer ball speed contest, a dunking booth, great magic tricks, kite demonstrations, and live music from Cool McCool and the Spies. Kids ages 1-10 years can bring a basket and hunt for winning soccer balls. Prizes and give-a-ways will be awarded throughout the day. Local food and beverage vendors will be available in the park from 11am – 5pm.
The Grand Opening celebration will kick off with awards for the winners of the Commemorative T-shirt Art Contest. Voted on by the Livingston Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors, Stella Edwards and Shannon Wilson’s T-shirt designs were chosen to be on Northside Park’s Commemorative youth and adult T-shirts. T-shirts will soon be on sale at the Farmers Market and around town, and will be available at the Grand Opening.
Raffle tickets are on sale now for three packages to be raffled off at the Grand Opening event. Three winners will be announced for a Frosty Fun Package in Yellowstone Park for two, a Guided Fishing Trip and Lodging in Historic Livingston, and The Ultimate Picnic Basket. Tickets are on sale now at several locations around town including: Livingston Veterinary Hospital, Conley’s Books & Music, the Best Western Yellowstone Inn, the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and at the NSPSF booth at the Livingston Farmers Market.
Phase 1 of NSPSF transformed over 7 ½ acres of weed-infested unproductive city land into a beautiful green landscape. Features of the park include over 50 trees, picnic tables and benches, a walking path – built to ADA standards – two full-sized soccer fields and a parking lot. A capital campaign is in full force to raise the $450,000 needed for Phase 2 – which includes developing the rest of the city property, installing more trees, picnic tables and benches, completing the pathway that traverses the park, two parking lots and a third soccer field.
The NSPSF Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Livingston and LYSA. For more information about the Grand Opening event or about the project visit www.livingstonyouthsoccer.org or follow the Park progress on Facebeook at www.facebook.com/northsideparkandsoccerfields. You can contact Jeff Dickerson at (406) 220-3011 or firstname.lastname@example.org