The other day in When will the kids play we pointed out that our new professional soccer franchise cut a deal with the city to use two existing city owned soccer fields for their practices.
The terms of the deal required the franchise to pay to improve the fields and to maintain them. In return the team was granted control over the usage of the fields.
A few days later the Times published an article that clarified our city government’s expectations.
Our new city engineer explained that the fields will still be available to the kids when the team is not practicing or performing maintenance or letting the fields rest. He indicated that the fields will probably be available for public use on Saturdays and for some tournaments.
The article did not include any commentary from the team.
The team will spend half a million dollars improving the fields and having the professional players practice at the sports complex will give local youth an opportunity to observe a much higher level of play than they would normally be exposed to.
This could turn out to be a good deal for the community.
Unfortunately city council did not see the need to see to it that the contract assures that we get what the city engineer expects.
We deserve better