Gainesville will soon have a new football field thanks to the partnership between the parks and recreational parks of Gainesville, the United Way of Hall County and the Salvation Army.
Kate Matheson, director of Gainesville Parks and Recreation, spoke to the WDUN newsroom on Thursday and said United Way had applied for a $ 75,000 grant from the Georgia 100 initiative on behalf of the city. United Way has received funds that will go to a football field for a mini-playground in Myrtle Street Park.
In addition to the $ 75,000 grant funding, United Way will contribute an additional $ 25,000, and Gainesville Parks and Recreation will provide approximately $ 50,000 of the remaining costs.
The lighted playground will have a 60- to 90-foot artificial turf field, fenced-in soccer boxes and spectator seats.
Matheson said AccessWDUN mini-pitches are popular in Europe and this field will help fill a gap in Gainesville’s offerings for footballers.
Matheson also talked about various projects working at Gainesville Parks and Recreation, such as the youth sports complex named after J. Melvin Cooper. You can listen to Mattison’s full interview with Austin Eller of AccessWDUN at the SoundCloud link above.