Your support is more important than ever.
The City Council and The McConnell Foundation need to see how important this park is to the community. Let's make a big run to show them how important the park is. Leave $5 if that is all you have, or $100 per month for a year. We can do recurring payments when you click the donate link at the top of the page. or go here: https://californiasoccerpark.givingfuel.com/giving-to-the-park
What ever you can give will go a long way.
The Redding Soccer Alliance has created an online petition to help gather support and signatures to save the park.
Click the graphic below to sign your name, and attend the Redding City Council meeting this Tuesday (March 5th) to show your support.
The goal is to replace the turf and continue to serve the community in a safe park while driving millions of dollars in revenue into the hands of the businesses in Redding. Based upon current estimates, the cost to replace all four fields is $4.7 million.
If we act now, the project could be completed in Summer 2019.
Q: How does the California Soccer Park help the community?
- The California Soccer Park generates $1.9 million per year in spending in the City of Redding, including $300,000 at hotels.
- 8 large tournaments per year
- 12,000 Spectators at tournaments
- 125,000 spectators per year
- 5000 tournament players
- 424 tournament teams
- 6000 players are in the youth league district (including the mountain areas)
- Over 2500 local players who play regularly at the park.
- Similar parks in other cities would pay approximately $560,000 per year to operate a park like the California Soccer Park. By partnering with the Shasta Soccer Association (a non-profit organization), the City of Redding does not pay to operate or maintain the park.
- The California Soccer Park builds a community in a digital age. Kids gather, train, build leadership skills and stay in good physical condition. This helps to build a healthy lifestyle and an empowered workforce for the future.
- Provides jobs. The park is an excellent place to help students earn income while in college or high school as employees, referees, interns, etc.
- Shows off our city! Besides the field condition, the park is loved by all who experience it. The walking path, stadium seating, Striker's Food and Beverage, restrooms and beautiful scenery all give our visitors a little bit of envy. Plus, The California Soccer Park is a safe place to play.
Q: How can you make a lease payment to fund the field replacement?
- Leagues will pay a modest increase for the field rentals, enough to cover the cost.
- Better fields, more opportunity, increased attraction and utilization
- Soccer is growing sport
- Improved Economic conditions and broader community support from donors & sponsors)
- Working in the past with defective fields in a down-economy was a challenge. Although the City of Redding eventually settled a legal claim for $500,000, the park lost revenue due to the condition of the fields.
- Some sports, like ultimate frisbee rely heavily on their ability to dive. Diving at the park in these conditions involves increased risk of injury.
- Another loss is that a star name like Megan Rapinoe or a large corporation would be unable to put their name on a tournament with the fields in their condition, losing revenue-generating opportunities for camps, clinics, sponsors, and advertisers. Additionally, it has been relatively inexpensive to play at a park that is as nice as the California Soccer Park. The $3 gate admission fee barely covers the increasing utility costs.
- The replacement of the current playing surface involves removal and replacement of the drainage system that failed, which is under the turf. An otherwise $2 million-dollar project will now cost $4.7 million-dollars. Advance technology in the new system provides decades of drainage and safety.
Q: What happens if the City Council votes to NOT pay for new fields?
- The future viability of operating the park would be seriously in question.
Q: Why don't the soccer families pay for new fields since not everyone in the city uses them?
- Those who use the park pay a gate fee, and they pay to rent the fields. They also invest in travel to other cities. In return, visiting teams come here to play the local teams, spending money. The California Soccer Park is a community park and has generated over $20 million in spending in the City. Local teams and leagues are able to attract other teams to come to our city for a match and for tournaments. When teams come, they are too busy with soccer and do not get a chance to enjoy all that the area has to offer, so they may return for a vacation, spending even more money. Without the Soccer Park, this would not be possible. A single weekend tournament can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for Redding. Most everyone in the city is positively impacted by the park, no matter their occupation.
Q: Why don't the players just play at the other parks in Redding?
- Redding is completely booked for parks in the spring and fall soccer seasons and we currently only have one lighted park besides the California Soccer Park. Much of the time, play occurs after the sun has set, and California Soccer Park has four lighted fields. If the park were to close, there would be no immediate place for the kids to play.
Q: Why don't you just put in grass, that's cheap?
- In the short and long term, synthetic grass is less expensive.
- approximately 60% of the kids would not get to play due to field rotation
- Spring, fall and winter would all have potential for rain-outs and loss of revenue
- Watering and maintaining grass is extremely expensive
- Year around access could be eliminated
- Schools, and other leagues which have natural grass would no longer have the California Soccer Park as a back-up field when it rains. Inclimate weather brings Simpson University, Shasta College, Anderson High School and other teams to the California Soccer Park).
Q: How can I help?
- Share your stories on social media, tag @californiasoccerpark and #caspnewfields
- Write to the City Council members
Redding City Council Members:
Julie Winter – Mayor
Adam McElvain – Vice Mayor
Erin Resner – Mayor Pro Tempore
Michael Dacquisto – Council Member
Kristen Schreder – Council Member
Redding City Hall Address: 777 Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96001
- Show up at the City Council meeting on March 5th at 6pm where they will decide if they will pay for new fields.
- Donate to the California Soccer Park. Your support is more important than ever. The City Council and The McConnell Foundation need to see how important this park is to the community. Let's make a big run to show them how important the park is to our community!
Donate today by setting up recurring payments. CLICK HERE
To donate stocks or appreciated assets, please contact Chad New at the park Chad@CaliforniaSoccerPark.com
Make checks payable to 'California Soccer Park'
9800 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003
ONLINE: Click HERE
With thousands of people at the park every weekend during the season, these fields are dominated by hundreds of eager competitors. The park is enjoyed by 125,000 people annually, but when visited by out-of-town teams, we get asked, “What is all that black stuff?” The answer is rubber.
Our ‘black stuff ’ is heavily visible due to a failure in our turf “grass blades” which began to deteriorate only a few years after opening. Rubber is a common and inexpensive “infill” used in synthetic turf.
We are happy to say that our future is much brighter!
We plan to replace the turf and include an organic, light-colored product like a cork/sand combo or coconut fibers. These and other infill options are much cooler, odorless, shock absorbent, and recyclable.
This organic infill will increase our usage in the hot months, lessen the risk of abrasions, stay where it belongs, and reduce the odor compared to rubber.
The combination of new turf and a new brand will attract sponsors, advertisers, teams, and spectators from all over the world, providing a positive economic impact for the community.
Click the link below