News Park Moves Ahead

Idaho Press Tribune 8 Apr 2002 - Page 4a

Football park moves ahead

Working on sprinkler system

Centennial Job Corps' Daniel Gonzalez, 17, foreground, and Chris
Johnson, 18, fit a pipe into place for an irrigation system at
Optimist Park in Nampa. With the help of volunteers and
contributions, organizers hope the park will be ready for
Optimist Youth Football practice this summer.

Backers hope Optimist Park will be done in August

NAMPA -- A new football park in Nampa for Nampa Optimist Youth
Football players is becoming a reality as volunteers make
significant headway.

At Optimist Park, located behind Birch Elementary -- the Vallivue School
District’s new elementary -- and near the Ridgecrest Golf Course, seven
football fields will greet budding gridiron giants. Organizers hope the
fields will be ready for practices this summer.

And with growing support from the community, and the helping hands of
volunteers, the goal is coming closer to reality.

The park grounds have already been leveled and staked. Gravel has been
laid for parking lots. And organizers hope to get to the point that the
city can start watering and get grass seed going in time for practice in
August.

The fields will be shared by 25 to 30 teams of kids ages seven to 12.
Seven- and 8-year-olds will play flag football and 9- to 12-year-olds
will play tackle football. Both boys and girls can play football.

Optimist Park fund-raiser

A fund-raiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, at the Outback Steakhouse on Karcher Road in
Nampa. The restaurant is normally closed for lunch. The luncheon
costs $10 and includes chicken, steak, potatoes, bread and
salad.

Tickets are available at the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, Pioneer
Title, Brandt Agency and Re/Max of Nampa Caldwell. For more
information about the new football park or the luncheon, call
Kenny Wroten at 467-5797, or Ken Wilson, coach and past
commissioner of the football committee, at 880-1099.


A sprinkler system and cement footings and walls for bleachers were the
most recent additions to the effort, which has been spurred on by the
donations of several local businesses. Ken Wilson, coach and past
commissioner of the football committee, credited Eric Clark of Economy
Concrete for donating time and effort to concrete work on the bleachers
for the fields, as well as businesses such as Idaho Concrete Co. and
American Construction Supply.

But even with the outpouring of support, Wilson and football committee
spokesman Kenny Wroten added that help is still needed to complete the
project.

"Progress is moving along on the football park, but we still need more
sponsors," Wroten said.

Among the major projects that still needs to be completed, according to
Wilson, is a 30- by 60-foot storage structure at the park.

The park’s Founders Club, which anyone can join, has a major sponsor
with a donation from the Healthy Nampa Healthy Youth organization. But
the club is still trying to raise money for buildings and other
construction.

Businesses and individuals can sponsor a football field or local
businesses can offer discounts on their services or products as part of
fund-raising efforts. And parents also can volunteer to coach or raise
funds. To offer your help to the effort, contact Wroten at 467-5797, or
Wilson at 880-1099.


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