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Fort Worth, Vaqueros collaborating on improved soccer facility at Sycamore Park

Posted Sept. 19, 2017 | Last updated Sept. 20, 2017

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A youth soccer academy will be housed at new fields planned for Sycamore Park. The Fort Worth Vaqueros will operate the academy.

The City of Fort Worth is collaborating with the Fort Worth Vaqueros to provide updated youth soccer fields in east Fort Worth.

The City Council voted this week to work with the Vaqueros, an amateur American soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League, to repurpose tennis courts at Sycamore Park and renovate them into a youth-sized, synthetic surface soccer field.

The tennis courts at Sycamore Park were installed in 1915, had fallen into disrepair and were seldom used.

The renovation project calls for removing the existing tennis nets and posts, installing a drainage pad system, synthetic turf, new posts, chain link fence, access gate, player benches and a scoreboard.

The city will be responsible for all costs associated with repurposing and renovating the tennis courts, up to $183,700. Any cost above that will be covered by the Vaqueros. Additionally, the city’s Park & Recreation Department will share maintenance costs with the Vaqueros.

The city is funding the project with a 10-year payment plan from the Vaqueros. The Vaqueros will operate and manage the facility, as well as incur all maintenance and operating expenses.

The fields will eventually be used as part of a youth soccer academy operated by the Vaqueros for children aged 7-12. The Vaqueros will be responsible for programming at the newly renovated facility.

To learn about programming at the facility or how to get involved, contact Mark Snell, Fort Worth Vaqueros academy director, at 214-642-3447.

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