News Fields Prepared

Idaho Press Tribune 24 Jul 2002 - Front Page

Fields prepared for gridiron

Fields prepared for gridiron

Community: Nampa’s new Optimist Football fields will kick off on time

Lora Volkert - IPT

NAMPA -- The running, tackling, jumping and cheering will start on time
for more than 440 kids in the Nampa Optimist Youth Football program.

The dream of a new complex of playing fields is about to come true.
Organizers said this week they expect the Optimist Football fields will
be ready for play on opening day -- Sept. 4.

Optimist Football League Executive Director Ken Wilson said the seven
fields are ready, bleachers are installed, trees are planted and
playground equipment is in. But the park -- located near Birch
Elementary, the new school in north Nampa for the Vallivue School
District -- still needs some finishing work.

Get involved

To volunteer or donate to the effort or for more information,
contact Ken Wilson at 880-1099 or Kenny Wroten at 467-5797.

The Optimist Club and Nampa Parks and Recreation will install the final
element to make the fields ready for play -- 14 goal posts made from
metal donated by Steelhead Metal Corp. and welded and painted by Job
Corps students. The goal posts will be installed within a week or so.

Organizers still need permits and licenses to construct a utility

building and pave the parking lot, and portable toilets and concession
stands will have to be used this season until permanent structures can
be built. But young players will get their chance to enjoy the fresh, g
reen fields this season.

Nampa Optimists are planning for a grand opening scrimmage game to break
in the field the evening of Sept. 4. The football season will kick off
Sept. 7.

So far, 375-plus kids have signed up to play football, and 65
cheerleaders have signed up. Twenty teams will play eight games in the
11-week season. Seven- and 8-year-old boys and girls will play flag
football and 9- to 12-year-old boys and girls will play tackle

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