Havelock youth leagues say they need more space

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Havelock Youth Soccer Association players participate in a match at the Havelock Recreation Facility. League officials say the facility doesn’t have enough room to accommodate the association’s 300 to 400 players.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 01:56 PM.

Havelock Parks and Recreation is growing. As efforts nationwide call for children to be more active, parents are turning to the soccer, football, baseball and other leagues that use space at the recreation facility off Fontana Boulevard.

While Director Dave Smith loves to see all the children staying active and learning values sports can provide, he’s got a problem. The recreation facility — bordered by a highway, neighborhood and industrial park — doesn’t have the room for all the leagues.

"We’re trying to put people in nooks and crannies," he said. "We’re putting folks wherever we can."

Solutions to the problem vary, cost money and are drawing opposition from some who don’t want to see increased traffic to a proposed new park on their rural road.

Havelock commissioners are expected to discuss the proposed recreation area on Lewis Farm Road near Carolina Pines during a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall. There is no planned public comment period during the workshop-style meeting, but the board is expected to address the proposal.

The 47 acres off Lewis Farm Road would allow for more recreation fields, something Smith and officials from the various youth sports leagues in Havelock say is much needed.

However, the city would have to come up with about $75,000 as part of a $500,000 state grant to purchase the property and develop it.

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