A soccer-passionate part of Austin will now have a new court to play the sport and the project partners will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 16, 2019. Through a partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), Soccer Assist, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and financial contributions from the community, the Dove Springs Recreation Center now offers a new soccer/futsal court. Community support was coordinated by the Dove Springs Recreation Center in consultation with the Dove Springs Advisory Board.
The court offers the neighborhood a new option for healthy play. This project was initiated as part of PARD’s Community Activated Parks Projects (CAPP) program, which offers a way for the community to initiate improvements on parkland. Soccer Assist, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, submitted a CAPP in October 2018 to transform an underused tennis court at the Dove Springs Recreation Center into a state-of-the-art soccer play space.
Notably, this will be the first U.S. Soccer Foundation mini-pitch collaboration in central Austin and part of 1,000 safe places to play mini-pitches that the U.S. Soccer Foundation is installing with partners across the country by 2026. These soccer spaces support the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s It’s Everyone’s Game campaign to ensure children in underserved communities can benefit from all that the game of soccer has to offer.
WHAT: Dove Springs Recreation Center Mini-Pitch Ribbon-Cutting
WHO: Kimberly McNeeley – PARD Director
Delia Garza - Austin Mayor Pro-Tem and Council Member District 2
George Morales – Travis County Precinct 4 Constable
Andy Loughnane - Austin FC President & 4ATX Foundation Board Member
Drew Dube – U.S. Soccer Foundation
Dr. Aaron Rochlen - Soccer Assist Co-Founder
WHEN: Nov. 16, 2019, 10 - 11 a.m.
WHERE: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, Austin, TX 78744.
VISUALS: Pickup games for adults and kids will be organized on site by Austin Anthem volunteers. Lite snacks and water will be provided.
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