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Comes news from AJ Tooley about the Great Falls Youth Soccer Association:

We’re looking for kids from 5 to 19 who want to play and have fun. Two of our really big philosophies in AYSO are everyone plays and no one has to try out. And, of course, we’re definitely looking for volunteers. Help us keep those 400+ kids playing and growing this year!
You can register your kids at the following locations:
Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Scheel’s
Saturday, April 19, from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm at East Middle School Cafeteria

And speaking of soccer, I received the following message the other day:

Don’t know how interested you are in the Siebel Soccer Park, but it’s possible you received a solicitation in the city utility bill envelope asking for substantial contributions. They are looking for an additional $300,000 to work on a pavilion and plaza. Now, I don’t know if you’ve visited the park. If you have during the weekend soccer games it’s likely you may have had trouble finding parking. They may be building a great park but IMO that $300,000 would be better spent on more parking. What almost makes this comical is when the Sibel Soccer Committee started threatening people with tickets & towing if they parked on the outskirts of the park. They seem to have far more playing fields than their parking lots could ever accommodate.

I don’t have a dog in that hunt, but wonder if any other folks have noticed parking problems at the park.

UPDATE, April 11: Received the following message from Sandra Guynn, the chair of Neighborhood Council 4:

Hi David,

With regard to your post about the parking issues at the soccer park: I’m the chair of Neighborhood Council 4. The soccer park falls within our council boundaries.

Thank you to those of you who have expressed concerns about the parking problems at the soccer park. As the chair of Neighborhood Council 4, I can assure you that we too are concerned about the problems and dangers this issue presents to our neighborhood.

Our council would like to hear from you. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm at the Heritage Baptist Church, which is located across the street from the soccer park.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to express your concerns, you may e-mail me at [email protected]

Sincerely,
Sandra Guynn, Chair, NC4

OK, folks — make a difference! Sandra, thank you for leading on this issue, and for taking the time to write.

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2 Comments

  1. I grew up playing soccer in Great Falls…AYSO, Thunderbolts, GFH…from 5 to 18. I’m still fairly involved, but not as much as I’d like to be. Here’s where I stand. The new park is, all in all, AWESOME. I have never played a game on a “real” soccer field in Great Falls EVER. We had to play at the city parks, leaving much to be desired. When this soccer park came along, it made me swell with pride that our town would have one of the nicest complexes in the state. And I feel that overall, when it’s all finished with some grown trees, pavilion, etc it will definitely be one of the best in MT.

    Now, I had to say all that positive stuff about it, which was by no means lies, I really do feel that way…but the parking is absolutely HORRENDOUS. My God, that could’ve used some better planning. They will have a couple more parking lots on each side of the complex when things are said and done. But unless the plans have changed since I last saw them, which has been a while, it still will not be ample parking to support a state tournament, or any tournament where all fields will be used throughout the weekend. Last fall when I caught some games, I had to park over at that church across 52nd St, which was actually close to the complex. BUT, to get into the complex, I had to walk about a quarter mile around the fence to the only entrance they had open.

    Pause, while I take a breather 🙂

    Ok, long story short, I agree that the parking is terrible. They should have definitely planned that better, but maybe, and hopefully, they will be able to make some changes at some point. I by all means encourage everyone to donate any money you can to the park and the local soccer programs. The soccer community here is a special group of people, that doesn’t get a lot of support or acknowledgement from “outsiders” (for lack of a better word), meaning people not involved with local soccer. The youth here deserve this complex and any support what-so-ever goes a long way in the eyes and hearts of the soccer community.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Dave!

    As for the complex, I agree with BigSkyStateOfMind on several points. The complex could be a lot better, but I already think what’s there is better than what we used to have. Admittedly, I’m involved with a smaller program that has fewer parking problems, but I know I didn’t like having a program strewn all over town playing in parks that had …inadequate parking!

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