Havelock youth leagues say they need more space

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 01:56 PM.

There is also local opposition to the new park. Residents along Lewis Farm Road say increased traffic poses a danger for horses and their riders at nearby stables and trails, and could result in more traffic crashes at Carolina Pines and U.S. 70, a spot they say is already dangerous.

Two new pieces of property totaling about 15 acres off Greenfield Heights Boulevard have gotten the attention of the city, but that property comes with a higher price.

No matter the eventual outcome of the decision, officials with youth sports leagues in Havelock say more room is needed.

"We have between 300 and 400 kids just for soccer, so I don’t know how many football and lacrosse that those guys have, but that’s a lot of kids (and) it’s kind of hard to find the spots to play in," said Danny Verduzco, of the Havelock Youth Soccer Association.

He said the soccer league has matches and practices in the outfields of the softball and baseball fields, something he said is restricting

"It’s really hard to get a field to practice or to play on because we have restrictions on how we can set up the fields," he said. "There’s a lot of wear and tear on them. Because it’s the outfield, we can only put the fields in certain ways. We can’t rotate them to have less tear around the top of the boxes where the goalies stand."

He said the one field at the recreation facility that can be used for soccer is shared among football, lacrosse, soccer and rugby. He said teams also practice on the tennis courts because it has lights.



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