Tickets are still available for the Rotary Club Goose Chase, scheduled for Saturday, July 12 at noon at Drews Creek, with proceeds benefitting the Lakeview Youth Soccer Field Fund.
The currently vacant field between Lakeview High School’s softball field and the Lake County School District #7 offices, designs are already complete for what is expected to be a multi-use field once completed.
Soccer games, football practice, community events and more will take advantage of a well-maintained soccer field, with hopes of preliminary construction starting by the fall after earth-moving costs are finalized during the July planning meeting.
Over $15,000 has been raised for the project through numerous donations and fundraisers, with total cost estimates being around $50,000 for completion. Recently a check of $2,500 was provided by Lakeview Soroptimist International Club for the project. Full funding is not needed for construction to begin, with placement of sod being the last and most expensive step of the plans according to Darryl Anderson of Anderson Engineering, overseers of the construction.
“As long as we have enough to break ground we can get started,” said Anderson.
The need of the soccer facility is obvious, with LHS adding boys and girls soccer this year for competition in 3A Southern Cascade League, and AYSO continuing to expand as the popularity of the sport consistently increases.
“Even from day one we had outgrown the facilities we had,” said Amy Hussey, AYSO director. “There are 15 teams in town that need space for practice and games, plus we host a tournament every year, and we want to expand for more out-of-town competition for the older kids.”
Ticket sales from the Goose Chase go directly towards the soccer field fund, with hopes of raising over $10,000 from the annual event. Tickets are available from any Rotary Club member or Dan’s Auto Sales, True Value, Pacific Crest Credit Union, Sterling Bank, Don Liddycoat CPA, Arrow Realty and Favell-Utley.
Once constructed, the operation and maintenance costs for the soccer field will be absorbed by Lake County School District #7.
“It will go into our normal summer maintenance estimates,” said Sean Gallagher, LCSD#7 Supt. and Rotary Club member. “There will be additional costs for sure, but the benefits of having a multi-purpose field like this far outweighs the cost.”
For questions about AYSO youth soccer programs please contact Hussey at 541-219-1510. For more information on the Rotary Goose Chase please call Andrew Rucker at 541-947-2121.