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City Council Approves Mini-Pitch Soccer Field Project at Chautauqua

April 06, 2021 6:25am

The Storm Lake City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Kick It Forward to install a “Mini-Pitch System” in Chautauqua Park.

Assistant City Manager David Derragon said Mini-Pitch will upgrade the tennis court area at Chautauqua Park into an area that will comprise a smaller size soccer field...(audio clip below  :21 )

Community Education Director Joe Kucera said the “Mini-Pitch” is currently installed in Sioux City, Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, and Perry. He said Kick-It Forward's goal is to have approximately one-hundred of them in Iowa, and one-thousand nationwide before the next World Cup.

Kucera said the tennis court at Chautauqua is already being used by kids as a soccer pitch...(audio clip below  :24 )

Derragon said some electrical upgrades, including lighting, would need to be done if the project is completed. The cost of the upgrades is yet to be determined, but Derregon feels it is negligible in comparison to what the project could mean for reuse of that tennis court.

Derragon said the lighting was recently updated in the Emerald Park tennis court, which he said is used pretty often.

The “Mini-Pitch System” also allows the option of basketball hoops to be added at either end.