Soccer fields at Claggett not a fit

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

So much for turning the field at Claggett Creek Park into a club-level soccer field.

In April, Jim Parent with Keizer Soccer Club (KSC) submitted proposals for a soccer field at Claggett Creek, as well as a soccer field at Keizer Rapids Park. Parent talked about both fields during a Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.

At Claggett, plans called for a new 70 yard by 120 yard playing surface ready for competition, with soil being moved to level the field and sprinkler heads being removed to avoid injuries to players.

However, city staff discovered a problem: the field wouldn’t fit into the space.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, gave an update during last week’s Parks Board meeting.

“The soccer field project at Claggett Creek is dead,” Lawyer said. “It’s in the floodplain. Mr. Parent also looked at it. To build a field big enough, it just won’t fit. Everything we tried to get it to fit, it just doesn’t fit.”

Lawyer said the field width would have to be cut down to about 55 yards in order to fit.


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