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Grand Opening Ceremony For New Livermore Turf Fields

Grand Opening Ceremony For New Livermore Turf Fields

Robertson Park has long been known as the "go to sports" field in Livermore. The sand-based fields were installed in 1991. Friday marked a new day for sports in Livermore. The new turf fields at Robertson Park are now complete. The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) held a Grand Opening Ceremony in conjunction with the Livermore Fusion Soccer Club.

A few years ago, Livermore SC made the decision to guarantee the continued growth of the league by investing in new turf fields in Livermore. The plan called for the construction of two synthetic turf fields that would replace existing natural turf sports fields at a cost of 2.7 million dollars. 
In November 2009, LARPD entered into an agreement with the Livermore Fusion SC that involved the league paying forward $600,000 in future field use fees at a fixed hourly rate, to assist the LARPD in funding the sports complex's new fields.Three years, and 15,000 tires later, those fields were completed just in time for the league to put on a Halloween soccer tournament for highly competitive youth in Norther California. The Ghouls and Goals tournament, played over the Halloween weekend, was a resounding success.

Fusion player Karla Ventura, of the U15 Premier Girls team, stood in awe just moments before the ceremony. She hopes to play professionally one day and says the new fields are a "a huge plus" for the league and its players. "With these new fields, I know I will be able to practice and further the skills I have developed from the Fusion coaches. The fields will only help in that development", gushed Ventura.

In addition to Livemore Mayor John Marchand, LARPD GM Tim Barry and President Beth Wilson were both in attendance. They took to the podium to discuss their delight with being involved in the tremendous project. They also introduced Livermore Fusion Soccer Club President, Ed Mylius and Director of Coaching, Ben Graham. Both Ed and Ben went out of their way to thank long time Fusion members Brent Koch and Dave Best for their valiant efforts and time spent on seeing the project through to its completion.
Other league officials, coaches and players were in attendance as well and they took an all club photo during the event.

Event Timeline:  November 2, 2012 4:00-5:00 PM       
   
4:00-Ceremonies began-Tim Barry from the LARPD welcomed attendees, made opening remarks and introduced the others                                      4:10-LARPD President Beth Wilson also thanked the various members of the LARPD Board.
4:15-Ed Mylius, President of Fusion SC spoke and thanked the Board for their involvement and perseverance
4:20-Ben Graham, Director Of Coaching at Fusion SC spoke
4:30-Ribbon Cutting              
4:35-Refreshments for attendees             
4:45-Massive group photo with players, parents, coaches, league officials, and other supporters

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Proud Mama November 06, 2012 at 03:26 PM
My boys and I are ecstatic to have these fields open and ready for use! We have been with this club for 11 years, playing at the Premier level for 6 of them, and can't tell you what a HUGE opportunity this is for them. Most of the other clubs in the area already have turf fields to play on, which innevitably speeds up their play and often leaves us looking slower and not acheiving the results we hope for. These new fields offer the chance for our teams to now raise the bar, and their level of play, and to be much more competitive. As a bonus, the new fields are readily set & marked for other sports such as football and lacrosse, making these fields a major asset to the entire community. The City of Livermore now has the opportunity to host many types of tournaments and jamborees that will attract teams from all over who want to play on quality fields, year round, which will help to boost our local community. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this project a success!!
T. Brickle November 24, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Are these fields open for public use or just orgnaized sports clubs and activities?
Stuart Loth November 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
These fields are for organized activities and can be rented through the LARPD
T. Brickle December 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
So does that mean if a bunch of my buddies and I wanted to go play football or soccer on a day when there is no organized activity going on, We'd have to rent the field?
Stuart Loth December 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Yes, that is the case. For the most part, the fields are rented out every day and the gates are locked during the off hours.

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