(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – The City of Sioux Falls has secured an offer of space for badly needed expansion of its South Dakota Junior Football program, Mayor Dave Munson announced today.
The land, located in western Sioux Falls north of Benson Road, could be used for a total of 14 fields, with eight being constructed in the first phase of development.
The City currently uses land at Riverdale Park for junior football, which has outgrown the three fields available there.
The new land, a total of 50 acres, is proposed to be donated by Sanford Health as part of a new youth athletic complex.
“For ten years, we have had to turn away young people who wanted to play junior football as part of this program,” Mayor Dave Munson said. “Through this project, we will have room to add additional fields to meet the needs of our growing young population years into the future.”
The City is proposing to invest $4.2 million to construct eight fields and develop the site. The value of the land donation is an estimated $3 million from Sanford Health. South Dakota Junior Football has pledged to privately raise $1.5 million for goal post installation, field scoreboards and signage, lighting, and a concession/storage building.
“The City has a deep commitment to this community and our kids, and we are honored to be part of this project” said Mark Johnston, Sanford Health Vice President of Administration and Corporate Communications. “Like the City, we strive to encourage physical activity and wellness for people of all ages.”
The South Dakota Junior Football fields will be part of a larger, 158-acre athletic complex that is ultimately proposed to house a hockey facility, Sanford Health POWER center, sports retail, housing, an office park, and additional green space and sports facilities.
The land is adjacent to the Big Sioux River and is connected to the City’s recreation trail, with future trails proposed throughout the site.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with a great corporate citizen who is committed to Sioux Falls residents,” Munson said.
Design is proposed to start in early 2009 with construction through 2010. Fields would be open for play in the fall of 2011.
To reach the location, go west on Russell Street to Westport Avenue, north on Westport Avenue to Benson Road, and east along the undeveloped road. (map)
For more information, please contact Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation, at 367-8222.
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