McMinnville officials have accepted a proposal to go out for bids on renovating one soccer field at Pistole Park. The upgrade could cost up to $35,000.
“Basically, this is full renovation of one soccer field up to tournament level,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord to Parks and Recreation Committee members Tuesday night.
Pistole Park is located on Laws Road and has four lighted soccer fields and three unlit soccer fields. The park is owned by the city. However, there is an existing agreement with the Warren County Youth Soccer Association. The league pays the city $12 per player and retains all other proceeds.
Soccer association officials asked city officials in June to consider making upgrades to the existing fields, bathrooms, concession stand and parking areas, as well as building a new regulation-sized field with lights.
A rough estimate to do some upgrades, but not all of them, was given at $200,000. Officials denied the request, but they did include $35,000 in the budget to move forward with improvements.
McCord says he has decided to focus on Field 1 this year with field excavation, laser grading, irrigation upgrades, and Bermuda grass, as well as connecting the sprinkler system to the county’s water supply to protect the newly placed grass.
“We are going to try and tie into county water, but not use it unless it’s an emergency,” McCord said. “If our well runs out and we have Bermuda grass there, we need an option. They told me that with all the development going on in that area they are going to be enlarging the water lines. Hopefully, they will come to you with an easement pretty soon.”
The request for proposals was presented to Parks and Recreation Committee members Rick Barnes and Ben Newman. Billy Wood was absent.
Newman questioned the annual cost to maintain the field once it is renovated.
“I do not know,” said McCord. “I think about $2,000, at most.”
Newman added, “I think we placed this money in the budget and this is something we should do. I’ve played on these fields and it’s like playing on a field that’s been bush hogged. It’s horrible.”
Newman and Barnes accepted the proposal to go out for bids on the work.
The future goal for the renovated fields is to hold soccer tournaments.