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City Secures Land Donation for New Soccer Complex

The search for the $500,000 match for a new soccer complex ends in success.

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.

4 comments on “City Secures Land Donation for New Soccer Complex

  1. Rickey Honey

    This has been more like 10 years in the works. It goes back as far as when Gwen Shelton was mayor and this land was to be donated. But great that mayor and Director Chris Mitchell could finally get this finalized!

    • It’s like that old saying – “success has many fathers but failure is an orphan”. There’s so many people that was involved in making this happen. It can be tempting for a single person to take credit. But from what I’ve seen so far, everyone involved in the success has made share the credit with others.

      There’s still more work to be done and more parents to contribute to the success of this project!

    • Kenneth Yarbrough

      Were you involved with the process too, Rickey? You were a great recreation dept. head and I remember that you always put the community kids and their families first.

      • Rickey Honey

        I did try go get this project done but with no success so have to give the credit to Mayor Law Rec Director Chris Mitchell and city adm Scott Collins all the alderman for finally getting this accomblished.

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