Renovated soccer field opens Monday in Cedar-Riverside area

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2011 - 8:11 AM

Currie Park in Minneapolis will also receive other improvements as part of a $315,000 project.

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A soccer game will literally kick off the grand opening Monday of a renovated soccer field in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

County, park and neighborhood officials will meet at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate a new synthetic turf soccer field at Currie Park, 500 15th Av. S., next to the Brian Coyle Community Center.

The project included a $295,000 grant from the Hennepin Youth Sports Program, which is funded by the Target Field ballpark tax, and $20,000 in matching funds from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The new field will provide a safe and fun environment for one of the most diverse communities in Minnesota, said Park Board Commissioner Scott Vreeland. It is the only park in the immediate area off of Cedar Avenue. The neighborhood and its high-rise apartments have been a gateway for recent immigrants, including many Somalians.

A weathered and weedy tennis court also will be renovated with a synthetic playing surface.

Officials said the new field is expected to become one of the premiere youth soccer destinations in that part of Minneapolis. The park also hosts flag football, kickball and softball teams, and has a tot playground and wading pool.

Tom Meersman • 612-673-7388

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