New England Sports Park Brings Year-Round Soccer Access
Urban Soccer Park
New England Sports Park (NESP) is a new public benefit corporation designed to manage their parks for community recreation. Their first facility has two turf fields and a floor hockey court. The fields come in at 60x100 and 50x100, where they host adult and youth soccer leagues, pick up soccer, and rental space. The fields were installed over previously existing tennis and basketball courts. The courts include turf, futsal goals, netting, sideline goals, and a modified shipping container This space now serves as the home of Lightning Soccer Club and their academy and is located at the CCBA Witherell Recreation Center.
Location: Lebanon, New Hampshire
NESP had 3 Goals in Mind When Working with Urban Soccer Park:
1. To provide easy access to soccer for community recreation 2. To provide space year-round to play 3. They want to bring high-quality, well managed recreation spaces to New England communities
The New England area does not have a ton of year-round access to facilities due to the weather. Turf was a major selling point because it would allow for play throughout the year. Turf also helps avoid extra labor, since grass fields can be flooded for over half the year. Having fields that last throughout the seasons and that can be used for both adults and youth was the key objective.
The ability to play with one large field or split it up for youth will also provide even more access to the community.
Timeline of this project from the first conversation to the completed project: April 2, 2021 - October 8, 2021
At Urban Soccer Park less is more. How do we know less is more? Why are we so confident in mini soccer pitches? Because, 5-A-Side Soccer Fields grow the sport, create life-long enjoyment of the game, and develop world-class skills. Because everyone at USP is a coach...