Soccer club looks to add more fields

The Logan Township supervisors on Thursday gave their blessing for the Altoona Soccer Club to seek funding for a feasibility study that could result in the addition of soccer fields to Greenwood Park or Strawberry Hills — or both.

The club has nearly full access to a field at Greenwood Park but uses it heavily, with two teams often playing crosswise at the same time, which wears it out, such that the club has needed to stay off it this year to let the grass recover, past club president Eric Haugh told the supervisors.

The club has been using a field at Leopold Park and the former Keith Athletic Field in Fairview, but it can’t use Leopold in the fall, because of a conflict with a school team, and the Keith field is too small for kids over 10, according to Haugh and current club President Jeff Lane, who spoke by phone after the meeting.

It would be nice to have another field at Greenwood, or — even better — one, two or even three fields at Strawberry Hills, according to Haugh and Lane.

Three fields at Straw­berry Hills would be ideal, as the club could rotate between them and avoid potential conflicts with baseball teams that sometimes use the field at Greenwood, Lane said.

Strawberry Hills, next to the Juniata section of Altoona and the site of a failed housing development, is the subject of a township master plan that calls for three soccer fields, Lane said.

Having all the fields at one site would be convenient for players’ parents, said Supervisor Joe Metzgar.

Having more fields at its disposal would also enable the club to run tournaments and raise money, Haugh said.

A feasibility study would identify funding options, said supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson.

If the study leads to development of soccer fields at Strawberry Hills, other development there might follow, in keeping the with master plan, Metzgar indicated.

The club will reach out to engineering firms to do the study, Haugh said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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