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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, green 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 football.

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