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The New Fields!

Phase 1 complete! We have two brand new full-size soccer fields that will be ready to play on next Fall. Yippee!

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Northside Park and Soccer Fields' Grand Opening Raffle

Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20

Great Prizes!

1. Blue-Ribbon Fishing in Paradise, with Dining & Lodging in Historic Livingston
2. A Two Night Frosty Fun Package for two in Yellowstone Park
3. The Ultimate Picnic Basket

Enter the Raffle to Win One of These Great Prize Packages:

1. You and a guest can enjoy a ½ day guided fishing trip on the Yellowstone River. Guide, flies and snacks provided by Anglers West in Emigrant, Montana (gratuity and fishing gear not included). Then stay at the Best Western Yellowstone Inn in Livingston and enjoy dinner and breakfast in Café Yellowstone. Valid August 27, 2011 – December 31, 2011

2. You and a guest can enjoy a “Frosty Fun Package” in Yellowstone Park. Provided by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, this package includes: two nights lodging at Old Faithful Snow Lodge, two breakfasts per person, one welcome gift per person, unlimited skating and unlimited ice skate rental, one Snow Card discount card per person (good for an additional 10% discount on select gift ship items, meals, tours and rentals) and round trip snowcoach transportation to Snow Lodge from the North Entrance. Valid through the 2011/2012 winter season (excluding holiday weekends).

3. The Ultimate Picnic Package – this package includes all that you and some friends will need to spend a fun-filled day at Northside Park. It includes: 1 kite, 10 daily lunch specials from the Pickel Barrel, a handmade picnic quilt to sit on while you eat your lunch, a handmade picnic tote to carry your lunches, a Northside Park and Soccer Fields logo Frisbee, a volleyball / badminton set, a croquet set, a soccer ball and a citronella candle. (Generously provided by Back Porch Quilts, Livingston Kite Company, Livingston True Value Hardware, Pamida and The Pickel Barrel.)

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the Grand Opening Event on Saturday, August 27, 2011
Entrants need not be present to win.

Two ways to purchase raffle tickets:
1. BY MAIL: We will need: your full name, address and phone and a check for the amount of raffle tickets desired written to NSPSF and sent to: NSPSF Grand Opening Raffle
c/o LYSA
P.O. Box 556
Livingston, MT 59047
Raffle tickets will be mailed within one week of receiving your check.

2. IN PERSON: Stop by the following locations:
Livingston Veterinary Hospital – 1104 East Park St., Livingston,MT
Best Western Yellowstone Inn – 1515 West Park St., Livingston, MT
Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce – 303 East Park St., Livingston, MT
Conley’s Books & Music – 106 South Main St., Livingston, MT

Thank you for your support!

Northside Park and Soccer Fields' Grand Opening Commemorative T-Shirt Art Contest

Calling All Artists!
The Livingston Youth Soccer Association invites you to enter
the Northside Park and Soccer Fields Grand Opening
Commemorative T-Shirt Art Contest

All levels of expertise are encouraged to enter. There are two categories for entrants: Category 1 (ages 5 through 13) and Category 2 (ages 14 through 100+). Each category will have a grand prize winner! Winning designs will be used on this year’s Northside Park and Soccer Fields Phase 1 Commemorative T-shirts.

The Grand Opening is Northside Park and Soccer Field’s celebration of the opening of Phase 1 for public enjoyment. This free event, to be held Saturday, August 27 from 1 pm to 5pm, will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, kids activities, raffles, give-a-ways, drawings, live music, food and more.

CONTEST CATEGORIES: One prize will be given for each category
- Category 1: Ages 5 thru 13
- Category 2: Ages 14-100+

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Hand-delivered entries will be accepted until Friday, July 1 at the Livingston Veterinary Hospital. Mailed entries should be sent to NSPSF T-Shirt Art Contest c/o Livingston Veterinary Hospital 1104 East Park St. Livingston, MT 59047 and must arrive by July 1.

For more information and to download an entry form and guidelines click on the link below
T-Shirt Art Contest Rules and Entry Form

Northside Park and Soccer Fields Project Gains Support from Local Businesses

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 jeffdickersondvm@mcn.net. You can also follow the Park progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northsideparkandsoccerfields

Northside Park Recieves Exciting News for 2011

As the New Year begins, the future of the Northside Park and Soccer Fields Project (NSPSF) is looking bright. At the end of December, NSPSF Campaign Chairperson Jeff Dickerson received two very exciting pieces of information that will help facilitate building Phase 2 of the NSPSF Project.

The first part of the great news is that Mountain Sky Guest Ranch (MSGR) has offered a 1 to 1 matching grant of up to $100,000. The value of cash donations (not pledges) received during fundraising for Phase 2 will now be worth twice as much with this very generous matching grant. Tawnya Rupe, Director of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, explained, “We are very pleased to continue our financial support of the development of this beautiful new park. We are also encouraged by the ability of this facility to help with Livingston’s economic development in hosting events such as soccer tournaments”.

The lower-than-expected cost estimate for Phase 2 is the second part of great news for this new city park.  New Phase 2 estimates of $400,000 – $450,000 are significantly less than the original estimate of $650,000 done in 2007. There are several reasons for the cost difference. First, some of the earthwork that occurred in Phase 1 saves costs in Phase 2. Second, the design of the park based on an “as-built” design for Phase 1 has allowed for the removal of a costly retainer wall. Finally, the original estimate for Phase 2 was created in 2007. Using the actual costs of Phase 1 construction, overall construction is expected to cost 15-20% less than the original 2007 estimate.

These two pieces of news together mean that the NSPSF Project needs to raise $150,000 – $200,000 by February 1st to allow the bid advertising to go out for summer 2011 construction. Phase 2 would then be open for public use 12 months after seeding to properly allow the turf to grow in. Once Phase 2 is open for public use, the Livingston Youth Soccer Association (LYSA) will be able to host soccer tournaments here in Livingston, and the park will be available for major community events that will bring people into Livingston. Phase 1 of the park, which was completed this past fall, already includes over 7.5 acres of new green space and grass, the south parking lot, a cement pathway along the west side, over 45 trees, picnic tables, park benches and allowance for the placement of two soccer fields.  Phase 2 will add more acres of park and green space development, 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. All of this will complete the goal for converting the 18 acres of unused city land into public park space.

Area residents are encouraged to visit the park and see for themselves what a wonderful asset NSPSF is to the entire Livingston community. While the pathway is open for use, the grass areas (although now snow-covered) 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.  The park is easily accessible from the new parking lot at the corner of North 14th and Summit Avenue.

The NSPSF Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Livingston, LYSA, and the Livingston School District. In August 2011 and after the Grand Opening, Phase 1 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 jeffdickersondvm@mcn.net. You can also follow the park progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northsideparkandsoccerfields

Northside Park Chair Presented With a Check From State Farm Insurance Corporation

small check photoOn Tuesday, November 3rd, representing the State Farm Insurance Corporation, Dean Hendrickson and Sarah Skofield, both State Farm Agents presented Jeff Dickerson, President of the Livingston Youth Soccer Association and Chairperson for the Northside Park and Soccer Fields Project with a check for $2000 as a contribution to Phase 2 of the Park’s Project. This check matched the combined $1000 donations made by both Dean and Sarah.

A Capital Campaign is in full force to raise the $600,000 – $700,000 needed for Phase 2 which includes over 7.5 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. All of this completes the goal for converting the 18 acres of city land into park space. 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 tp refrain from walking on the grass until the Park officially opens in August 2011.

The NSPSF Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Livingston and LYSA. In August 2011 and after the Grand Opening, 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 jeffdickersondvm@mcn.net. You can also follow the Park progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northsideparkandsoccerfields

Attached Photo: From left to right: Dean Hendrickson, Jeff Dickerson and Sarah Skofield – taken by Daryn Hendrickson 11/3/2010 at Northside Park and Soccer Fields

Northside Park Adds Finishing Touches to Phase 1 of the Project

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Final touches to Phase 1 of the Northside Park and Soccer Fields Project are being completed this week. In addition to the 22 evergreen trees – Ponderosa Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce and Austrian Pine – that were planted this summer,  26 deciduous trees, including varieties such as Poplars, Red Maples, Burr Oaks, Ash and Flowering Crab-apples, have been installed. On Friday, October 15th, members of the Livingston Rotary Club helped plant one of the final trees to be installed, a Crabapple. With the assistance of the Rotary’s $1500 tree sponsorship, the Northside Park and Soccer Fields project is that much closer to fulfilling its motto “People, Parks and Pathways”.

Phase 1 of the construction for NSPSF – which includes over 7.5 acres of new green space and grass, the south parking lot, a cement pathway along the west side, over 50 trees, picnic tables, benches and allowance for the placement of two soccer fields – is now complete. A capital campaign is now in full force to raise the $600,000 -$700,000 needed for Phase 2, which includes over 7.5 more 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. All of this completes the goal for converting the 18 acres of city land into park space. 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 2011.

The NSPSF Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Livingston and LYSA. In August 2011 and after the Grand Opening, 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 jeffdickersondvm@mcn.net. You can also follow the Park progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northsideparkandsoccerfields

Park High Athletes Giving Back

For the past six weeks 25 Park High School soccer players have mentored 10-11 years old recreational league soccer players. The four week program, not only focuses on helping younger soccer players with their skills but also sharing with them how to prevent injuries, building endurance and what it takes to be a team player. This student athlete mentoring program began in 2006. This program is a collaborative effort between Park High School and the Livingston Youth Soccer Association. Since inception, this program gives students the opportunity to complete potentially 15 of 40 service hours required to graduate from Park High.

While maintaining rigorous school and sometimes work schedules these athletes not only attend soccer practices, but they attend games and help LYSA in other ways. Just recently some of these athletes helped LYSA pick rocks at Livingston’s newest city park – Northside Park and Soccer Fields.

These athletes enjoyed participating in this year’s program so much that they are looking forward to doing it again next year. When asked how things could be different in the coming year, the responses overwhelming included the idea that the program should be longer. These athletes want to spend more time connecting with youth and passing on their love of soccer.

This program is a win-win collaboration and goes full circle – many of the students who started out as “mentees” are now mentoring others. The program though, is not developed overnight. Dedicated parents Barbara Stewart and Amy Titgemeir began planning and organizing back in May. Many hours were spent coordinating the student athletes schedules with the younger soccer players.

Since Northside Park and Soccer Fields are opening in 2011, these athletes were asked how they think the park will benefit Livingston as a community. While the athletes are looking forward to playing on brand new fields, they recognized that being able to host tournaments will help out the local economy. It just goes to show how our younger generation truly is the future of our community.

Rock Pick

A huge note of thanks to the over 40 people who showed up Sunday afternoon at the new Northside Park and Soccer Fields Complex to pick up rocks on the field surface! We gathered quite an impressive pile and hopefully that plus a little time and grass growth will assure a nice smooth playing surface. Thank you everyone for your contribution this weekend towards helping make the fields a reality!

Spring Competitive Soccer Registration

DEADLINE EXTENDED TWO WEEKS!

If you and/or your friends missed LYSA Competitive Soccer registration last week, don’t despair!

Competitive soccer registration numbers have been strong, but to make sure we get as many players registered as possible, registration has been extended until Friday, November 19th.

Because of season planning, we cannot accept registrations after the 19th.

Download the required forms below.
2010 Parent Info Letter Final- Oct 2010
LYSA Commitment Agreement doc
LYSA Travel Permission doc
MedicalReleaseForm
Player_Registration_Form

Mail to: LYSA, P.O. Box 556, Livingston MT 59047
Or…
Drop off at: Tim Stevens’ house: 315 N. 3rd St.

Include: a deposit check ($100), birth certificate copy (does NOT have to be notarized) and a 2×2 player photo.

Scholarships: Scholarships are still available! If you want to be considered for a scholarship, you’ll need to fill out a request form. Please contact Tim Stevens to get one or if you have any other questions.

Fees:
Ages 9-11 (Academy): $200
Ages 11-18: $300
Scholarships are available
Second payment is due Dec 15th

Questions:
Tim Stevens, Competitive Committee Chairperson
222-5148
223-7148- cell
tstevens@npca.org

Northside Park Celebrates Inaugural Event

P9150686On 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.