Almost 10 years ago, the Southern Idaho Soccer League started socking away a chunk of the money it receives from player fees, league President Teresa Andrew said Tuesday.
With hundreds — now some 1,100 — players contributing, the money piled up.
On Tuesday, the league donated $153,000 from its nest egg to the city of Boise for the development of Molenaar Diamond Park in Southwest Boise. The money allows the city to develop three soccer fields, plus a restroom, sooner than it otherwise would have, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.
The basic green-up — grass, a watering system, parking, etc. — of Molenaar Park is scheduled to take place this summer. Holloway said Parks and Recreation will plant the grass for the soccer fields this year.
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They should be ready to play on by next year, he said.
Even though it’s helping pay for the fields, Southern Idaho Soccer League expects to pay regular fees to use them, Andrew said, because maintaining them costs the city money.
More on Molenaar Diamond Park
Location: 2815 S. Maple Grove Road
Amenities: (Fully developed) playground, restroom, basketball and volleyball courts, pickleball court, spray ground, mini-skate park, fishing dock, dog off-leash area and three fields for soccer and other sports
Cost (green-up): $1.9 million
Completion date: Late summer 2016