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Plan in the works to give Sioux City soccer fields an extra "kick"

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Kids play on Riverside soccer fields. Kids play on Riverside soccer fields.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Imagine playing soccer downhill.  That's exactly what kids having been doing in Sioux City's Riverside Park.

But that may change if the fields there are remodeled.

Soccer players at Sioux City's Riverside Park have been on an uneven playing field, literally.

"There's a couple fields where you're actually going down hill. The other team's going up hill, which is not ideal," said Costa Tsiobanos, parent.

Slope isn't the only problem.

The fields have been known to collect water pretty easily, making for a muddy mess.

"It gets muddy out there. My son had a game one day, and I was out there an hour before the field with a shovel and a barrel trying to get out a whole section of the field so we could actually play," said Brandon Burgad, parent and coach.

It's been affecting a larger number of kids each year.

"We have leagues in the Fall and the Spring, and each year there's probably roughly about 100 new kids each season," said Chad Rooney, Siouxland Soccer Foundation President.

But with Siouxland Soccer Foundation's plan to renovate the soccer complex, fields could get a kick in the right direction.

Organizers and parents say improvement would mean big benefits for both athletes and the city.

"Our goal is to just get this up and running and be able to have people from out of state come in and want to come to Sioux City to play tournaments," said Burgad.

"It's just going to be another cornerstone for the Riverside SYI Softball Complex as well. It's going to compliment them and make this Riverside Park and even more enjoyable place to come to," said Rooney.

Phase one of the project, which could start this August and be completed for play next Spring, would level playing fields, provide new irrigation systems, and re-seed the complex.

While phases 2 through 4, which are probably two to four years down the road, include improving concessions and expanding parking.

In order for phase one to be completed, the Siouxland Soccer Foundation is still trying to get the necessary funding.

"The fundraising is in the works. We haven't come up with the finalized details regarding it, but we hope to have that out and available here very shortly," said Rooney.

If the foundation raises $50,000, the city will dish out $270,000 for phase one.

The Siouxland Soccer Foundation hopes to raise money through advertising at the soccer fields, along with utilizing sponsors, businesses around town, and parents of athletes.

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