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Two new soccer fields open today at Bagdouma Park

Post Date:10/23/2014 11:58 AM



The new fields are urgently needed by youth soccer leagues, whose ranks have have swelled to 2,600 players from 1,600 in the past three years



         COACHELLA, Oct. 21, 2014 — Coachella has two new youth soccer fields at Bagdouma Park that are open for public use beginning today.

         “These youth soccer fields will be put to immediate use and will significantly enhance the opportunities for soccer and other youth sports in our community,” Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia said during a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning — nine days ahead of the official start of soccer season.

         The new fields are urgently needed by two local soccer leagues, which have grown from 1,600 to 2,600 players in the past three years.

         Until now have had to make do with just two dedicated soccer fields at Bagdouma Park, Garcia said. There are two other fields at Bagdouma Park, but they were designed as dual use fields to accommodate both football and soccer teams, he said, noting that local football and soccer teams have had to compete for use of the fields.

         Garcia was joined by representatives from both Coachella soccer leagues, Coachella Valley Desert Soccer League and Coachella Youth Sports Association-Soccer, who also spoke about the benefits that the new soccer fields will provide to their teams and to the community.

         Soccer season runs from Nov. 1 to July 31, and the fields are typically closed from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 for maintenance.

         The two new soccer fields include 182,018 square feet of turf with six sports lighting poles and 500 linear feet of walking track and an adjacent 25,000-square foot picnic area, complete with picnic tables and trash can receptacles.

         Roadway improvements on Frederick Street were also undertaken as part of the Bagdouma Park project. The improvements included the construction of a missing half-mile section of Frederick Street, which is now connected between Avenue 51 and 52. Speed bumps were also installed on Frederick Street around Bagdouma Park to enhance public safety.

         The new facilities were built during the past year at a cost of $4.2 million using a mix of redevelopment funds, development impact fees and grant funds.

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