New Soccer Complex
New Soccer Complex
The Roanoke Star Board is pleased to announce that it has signed a long-term lease with the City of Roanoke to develop a soccer complex on a portion of the former Countryside Golf Course. The leased land has been designated for recreational use. This unique and exciting public/private partnership will allow Roanoke Star to develop the complex in phases that initially includes 5 full size soccer fields and 1 junior soccer field.
The complex will be developed on two sites with the city's new $1.5 million public park nestled between the two land parcels. The complex will also have access to the Greenway, which is being extended to run through the development area. The club will be making a more formal announcement in a few weeks once the quiet phase of our capital campaign is completed. If anyone is interested in helping with the campaign, please contact me at the number below.
UPDATE - 9/12/2016
On behalf of the Roanoke Star’s Board, I would like to update everyone on the status of our new field complex at Countryside:
Site # 1 (Highland Farm Road across from William Fleming): As a reminder, this site has three FIFA regulation size fields (120 yards by 80 yards). Since late Spring, these fields have been rough and fine graded, a well, irrigation system and all the fields sprigged with Bermuda. The unusually rainy period over the last two months prevented the perimeter areas around the fields and parking lot from being seeded. This past “dry” week allowed the finish grading around the fields and parking lot to be completed and these areas were hydro seeded on Friday, August 26. We should see a nice stand of grass within a couple of weeks. The well is supporting the irrigation needs of the fields and turning the Bermuda grass green and healthy.
The parking lots were also delayed with the wet weather in August. The concrete curbing has been completed with the asphalt paving to follow next week. The sidewalk on Highland Farm will follow next along with the rail fencing around the fields with netting at the end of each of the fields. The final leg of work will be to remove the temporary drainage basins near fields # 1 & #2 along with the silt fence once the grass is established eliminating potential erosion.
Site # 2 (Near Ranch Road across from the new city park): This site will have two full size, FIFA regulation fields and one junior size field. The clearing has been completed and the chipping of the trees is almost complete. The rough grading has started for the field development and the top soil is being applied this week with drainage to follow. The seeding of these fields should be done in late September or early October. The fields will be seeded in bluegrass this fall. Late next spring we will have these fields sprigged with Bermuda, allowing the Bermuda grass to mature over the summer of 2017. The other work scheduled for this Fall on Site # 2 is to have the well drilled in September in order to support the irrigation system for this site.
Now for the question everyone is asking: when can we use the new fields? I am pleased to report that we will use the fields on Site # 1 this Fall. If the weather cooperates, our best guess at this moment is that these fields can be placed into service by late September or early October. Site # 2 might be ready by the first of November, again depending on weather and how the grass matures on the fields and surrounding areas. Premature use of the complex before the grass has a chance to mature would be very costly for the Club, effectively causing us to double up on this phase of the development. This would not reflect well on the Club as being a good steward of the generous donations from our corporate, foundation and individual donors. Please be patient. The Board will keep you updated on the opening so that we can all celebrate this milestone achievement in the history of the Club.
It is worth noting that all of the work completed to date (over $1 million worth) has been paid for without the use of any debt, allowing the Club to continue to operate without the burden of debt service. The Club is indebted to and greatly appreciates the efforts of the core group of individuals who have supported the fund raising effort to date. We will continue our fundraising and sponsorship development efforts in 2016/2017 to fund lighting installation on Site # 1. We welcome the help of all Club members in this process, and will frankly need this help in order to meet our goal of lighting this site in 2017. This phase will cost approximately $350,000.
If you have any questions or want to help with fundraising or sponsorships, please email me, Danny Beamer or any of our Board Members. We appreciate your patience and look forward to celebrating the grand opening our wonderful new field complex very soon.
UPDATE - 9/01/2015
Most of Field 3 has been finished and the topsoil is being placed back on 2/3 of the field.
UPDATE - 8/26/2015
Grading has started at Countryside!
UPDATE - 8/17/2015
We got confirmation from Branch Highways yesterday that grading operations on Site # 1 should start the week of August 24th.
UPDATE! - 7/7/2015
UPDATE! - 6/25/2015
We are very excited to announce that Phillips & Jordan has arrived at the future Countryside Soccer Complex to start clearing! Phillips and Jordan is the clearing contractor donating 100% of the work in the clearing process! If you would like to donate to help build the new soccer complex, you may do so by visiting the home page, and clicking the "Donate Now" button in the top, right hand corner! We appreciate your continued support!
UPDATE! - 6/1/2015
We are very excited to announce that the filt fencing is up and we are ready to break ground at the future Countryside Soccer Complex! Stay tuned for future updates! If you would like to donate to help build the new soccer complex, you may do so by visiting the home page, and clicking the "Donate Now" button in the top, right hand corner! We appreciate your continued support!
Danny L Beamer
Phone: 540-345-7820 ext. 4