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RICHARD ZOWIE/THE HIGHLANDER

City of Marble Falls employees Brian Murphy (foreground, driving) and Junior Torrez work on the new soccer field at the corner of Avenue K and Sixth Street.

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Granite Country Youth Soccer Association athletes will have a new field to play on when the season begins in the fall of 2017.

At the corner of Avenue K and Sixth Street, the play area will be 40 yards by 80 yards and will allow for one large field or two small fields — depending on configuration.

“There is a shortage of youth sports space across the area,” said Robert Moss, Parks and Recreation director for the City of Marble Falls. “The city has been working to add space through leases and land acquisition for a number of years now.”

Moss said they hope to have the field ready for the fall youth soccer season.

The playing surface will be Tifway 419 Bermuda, which Moss described as “the best playing surface” in Marble Falls for youth soccer.

“This field and all of the existing fields are now irrigated with recycled wastewater,” the director said. “The field preparation and irrigation installation is being handled by city staff from the Public Works and Park Departments. The turf will be installed by the turf company.”

The cost is approximately $35,000 in parts, materials, and equipment rental fees, and it is being funded from current operating budgets.

The labor is covered with city staff.

Moss said the land was obtained from the housing authority in exchange for street right of way where the apartments are across the street.

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