After the six soccer fields slated for construction under Project Pele are completed, much remains up in the air as far as operations and management of the complex.
The major players in this project are Boonville’s Parks and Recreation department, the school district and local club soccer organization Boonville Soccer Academy.
“We’re still developing what that partnership looks like,” said Kate Fjell, assistant to the city administrator.
Maintaining the fields and operating the complex during tournaments will be managed by those three groups. Concessions will be managed by students of Boonville High School.
“That’s one of the reasons we chose this location, because [the high school] already had this infrastructure in place for things like concessions,” Fjell said.
Several entities are responsible for the actual construction of the complex. The City put out a request for construction proposals in April of last year. Local contractor Cody Martin was the lowest bidder: previous reporting by the Boonville Daily News reflects that he bid $537,637.97.
Martin will be doing much of the preliminary work such as creating signage and building a speed ramp near the entrance of the field. Bridgeton, Missouri-based construction company Byrne and Jones will be responsible for installing the turf on the completed fields. Ryan Electric accepted a bid to do much of the electrical and lighting work for the fields. Fjell reports that much of the additional miscellaneous construction needs, like bathrooms and bleachers, will be handled by the City, but she said that additional contracts may still be awarded.
Construction for this project is split into three phases. Last spring, Cody Martin began work on grading the fields. The next step is creating more infrastructure such as lights and walking paths, and this phase will largely be carried out by the city. The final phase will just consist of installing the grass and turf, and will be finalized by Byrne and Jones.
All fields in the complex will be properly sized for 11 by 11 games, but the fields can be split into small sections to accommodate younger players. One field is shaped slightly differently to allow a baseball diamond to be utilized as well. Five complex’s fields will utilize FIFA-certified turf, and the sixth will use champion grass.
The coalition working to construct these fields (the City, the school district and the Boonville Soccer Academy) has until next fall to figure out the long-term logistics of the complex.
“This partnership will overlay into the maintenance and operations of the fields,” said Fjell.