Two New Soccer Fields Open in Tucson
Tucson Association of REALTORS™, Fort Lowell Soccer Club & Others
Cut Ribbon to Open New Soccer Fields at Doolen Middle School in Tucson
Tucson, AZ -- Proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout presented by Fort Lowell Soccer Club, along with contributions from the soccer community and private donors were used to create two new soccer fields for the Tucson soccer community.
An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held this past Saturday (September 28th) at Doolen Middle School, (Grant and Country Club) home of the two new fields. Members of the local Tucson soccer community as well as staff and Board Members of Arizona Youth Soccer Association were on-hand for the festivities.
The fields were built with the cooperation of Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department.
Official Press Release following the Ribbon Cutting:
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Doolen Middle School Soccer Complex Dedication
Tucson, AZ – A ribbon cutting ceremony and play day activities for children marked the opening of the new soccer and neighborhood complex at Doolen Middle School in Tucson. The project is a joint effort of Fort Lowell Soccer Club, the Tucson soccer community, Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. AYSA President Mark Thede and Executive Director Leslie Johnson joined Tucson government and soccer leaders to cut the ribbon.
Two full-sized soccer fields were dedicated at the event. The fields can be configured sideways to provide 4 small-sided fields. While the complex is now open, Fort Lowell Soccer Club will proceed with plans to install lighting at the fields to maximize their use for the community. It is expected that the lighting will be installed by early 2014. “By lighting the fields, we are creating a useable, nighttime space for soccer practices and lit space that can be used for school or neighborhood activities. We are maximizing the use of this new complex,” said Curt Cannon, volunteer Director of Operations for Fort Lowell Soccer Club.
The Doolen project shows what can be accomplished when local entities work together. Councilwoman Karen Uhlich praised the project saying, "This partnership offers a model for improving parks and recreation facilities for our children and all residents. The generous investment from the Fort Lowell Soccer Club and the youth soccer community, plus the involvement of Doolen School/TUSD and the City's Parks Department has created beautiful, functional open space for young athletes and surrounding neighbors to enjoy for years to come. Our scarce resources must be better managed, and this kind of collaboration demonstrates how we can succeed by working together as a community."
Cannon explained how the Doolen project was accomplished. “With seed money from the Shootout, we have been able to create a community effort that will address the needs of the soccer community for more lit fields,” said Cannon. “While Fort Lowell Soccer Club did the ground work and will fund the majority of the project with proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout, we received additional donations from Pima County Junior Soccer League, Tucson Mountain Soccer Football Club, the Tucson adult soccer leagues and private donors to make this project a reality.”