Princeton Park Board says no
PRINCETON — The Princeton Park Board will not authorize a special committee to work on getting soccer tournaments at the new Zearing Park expansion site.
At Monday’s meeting of the Princeton Park Board, board member Dennis Nink said he’d like to see more forward movement in getting soccer tournaments played on Zearing Park’s eight new soccer/multi-purpose fields. In his opinion, a special committee, consisting of a park board member, park district management and members of the community could focus on that goal and help get it accomplished.
As an update, Elaine Russell, executive director, said she had met earlier with Nink and fellow board member Carl Pacunas to discuss their concerns about the new 40 acres, specifically the soccer fields not being used for tournament play.
Pacunas did not attend Monday’s meeting.
The development of tournament play on the new fields takes time and money, Russell said. The new acreage is always on the mind of the staff, but there is not money in this year’s budget to get the necessary goals and other equipment needed for tournament play, which she estimated at a cost of $35,000, not including personnel or maintenance costs. The only way to get that extra money in this fiscal year is for the board to amend the budget, she said.
Considering the fact there is not money in this year’s budget, Russell questioned the usefulness of a special subcommittee. As far as a special committee looking at plans for the soccer fields, that’s something the staff can do and will do, when there is money in the budget, she said.
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