Plans for Street Soccer Court Progress

Street soccer players in Owensboro are getting an assist from city officials in their effort to get a home court.

City commissioners will consider a municipal order for construction of one at a city park. Players started their effort last summer.

Where tennis balls bounce now, soccer balls could be kicked there later.

"I'm feeling relieved," said Nikos Agisilaou, a street soccer player from Owensboro.

City commissioners gave the go-ahead for a draft municipal order for a street soccer pitch to be built at the Legion Park tennis court. Legion was chosen for its amenities and low cost.

"Some of the other locations either from a fiscally responsible standpoint, it was very expensive because the concrete was not already there. There was no lighting," says Kerry Bodenheimer of Owensboro Parks and Recreation. "Legion afforded all the amenities we were looking for. It had an existing surface, it had existing fencing, it was already lit."

"I think it's a better place," Agisilaou adds. "At first, once we started talking about getting a court, they talked about another park, and it was inside a neighborhood. It wasn't good for outsiders to look upon."

Players secured $5,000 from sponsors to help with construction. City parks and recreation officials say there won't be additional maintenance costs since they already maintain the current tennis court. Players have used old courts at Owensboro Middle School and at Kentucky Wesleyan College, waiting for a permanent home similar to ones in other cities.

"There isn't anything outdoor where you can play a different sport. You kind of have to make it up as you go and find anywhere you can play. Right now, we're just working on getting something to play," Agisilaou says.

As for when this court will be ready for street soccer, parks and recreation officials tell us if city commissioners approve the municipal order, then construction could start later this year.


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