The search for the $500,000 match for a new soccer complex ends in success.
Daikin will be donating land to the City of Fayetteville, which meets the requirements for the Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant. The land donation ensures the city gets the $500,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The land encompasses around 12 acres on Wilson Parkway next to Wood Drive. It’s currently a vacant lot with plenty of room for lighted soccer fields and other facilities.
“Soccer has become such a popular sport and this gives us the opportunity to have area and regional tournaments. That not only provides the area for competitive events but also the related tourism dollars that are generated by teams coming from out of town for the tournaments. It’s a win-win situation for us and we appreciate the generosity of Daikin in providing us this opportunity.” – Mayor Jon Law
Mayor Law also pointed out that tourism dollars from tournaments could help fund a new recreation center.
Details of the donation and next steps are still in the works. Mayor Law continues to work with Daikin on the land donation itself. The funding grant requires City Administrator Scott Collins and Parks & Recreation Director Chris Mitchell to attend two more training sessions, which are scheduled for early 2019.
This project is a great example of what we can do to help move the community forward. It’s been a long process that stretches back several years and started with an idea presented at a Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting. But after years of hard work by Collins, Law, Mitchell, other city officials, and local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) leaders, the city notches a win that moves Fayetteville forward.