Editorial: Community benefits from upgrade, upkeep of Golf View fields
A new 20-year lease between the city and River Falls Wildcat Soccer is welcome news for local parents and the 800-900 kids who play this game every summer and fall.
Many cities have set aside large, flat tracts of land for soccer fields, but that never happened in River Falls.
For years local soccer kids and their coaches have practiced and played on a drainage basin off Golf View Drive that was created for stormwater discharge. The level and size of this drainage basin made it usable for soccer, but hardly ideal.
That should change now that RFWS has signed to take over maintenance and carry out improvements on two Golf View field sites separated by the Hwy. 65 bypass.
For one thing, the reconfigured playing fields will include space for a 130-vehicle parking lot. The lot should greatly reduce the rows of parked vehicles that line both sides of Golf View Drive when multiple games or tournaments go on. Neighborhood residents can breathe a sigh of relief to have that hassle done with.
Golf View playing fields will be seeded and cultivated with a quality of turf that will make for a safer surface with better traction suitable for soccer's fast pace. Depending on the time of year, heat and rainfall amounts, Golf View fields are often weedy, with patches of dead grass and bare dirt.
An irrigation system will keep the new turf in prime-time, game-ready condition. Funds permitting, RFWS would also like to build a pavilion someday. The soccer group and its legions of volunteers will also handle mowing and trash removal.
All this and more will be done while the so-called drainage basin retains its original function -- as a runoff to channel the city's excess storm water.
That's a pretty sweet deal for all of River Falls, especially when you consider that the public can also use the soccer fields when there are no youth soccer games or practices.
As a form of exercise, soccer is hard to beat. The sport is about kicking, jumping, lunging and running...and more running...and still more running. There are many game strategies to master, but the emphasis is on ball and body movement.
Traveling summer soccer at various age levels draws lots of visiting teams and their families and friends each week. Those visitors circulate and shop, which means youth soccer produces good business for River Falls.
So it's fitting that soccer participants have gained better control over their playing conditions. Credit the organization that made this happen -- RFWS -- and city officials for cooperating on behalf of our community.
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