Cedar City To Create Sports Complex
If you have driven west on Highway 56 you have no doubt seen the development going on with new housing. What you may not have seen is the beginning of what area soccer enthusiasts have been hoping for.
About a year ago, Cedar City received a generous property donation of about 30 acres from the Burgess Family. The property is located near 4700 West and 100 South, somewhat hidden behind the Iron West subdivision.
The question then came, what should be done with that property? The city has been requesting feedback from the community about a possible sports complex on the land. Over the last few months, city public works crews have been grading, excavating, and transporting dirt in and out of the property with heavy machinery in preparation for six new full-size soccer fields.
Much of the framework for the future complex is also being prepared, including electrical conduits for future lights, a sprinkler system, and plans to utilize fertilizer from the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant for grass planted in the spring.
In a press release, Cedar City Mayor Garth O. Green said, “I am incredibly grateful for our Street Superintendent, Jeff Hunter, and the tremendous dedication from his crew in tackling this project. Jeff plans to retire at the end of the year after a 14-year career with Cedar City. Since my time as the Mayor, I have witnessed Jeff take on a project and finish it quickly and efficiently. He will be greatly missed.”
The rising popularity of youth soccer is a multifaceted phenomenon that can be attributed to a confluence of cultural, social, and economic factors. One key driver of this surge is the global dominance of soccer as the most popular sport on the planet. Its universal appeal transcends borders, captivating the imagination of young minds across diverse cultures. The fervor surrounding major international tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cup, serves as a powerful catalyst, inspiring countless youngsters to take up the sport.
Cedar City will continue to work on budgeting aspects and the planning of the future soccer fields. Officials are anticipating that the fields will be complete in the fall of 2025.
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