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Volunteers help county workers get new fields ready for soccer

The new fields are in a county park located across U.S. 119 from the Whitesburg hospital.

The new fields are in a county park located across U.S. 119 from the Whitesburg hospital.

County workers and volunteers have worked many hours over the past few months trying to get three soccer fields ready for youth soccer teams to play on this spring.

The Letcher County Youth Soccer Association has used the fields located on the industrial site in Whitesburg near Pine Mountain Lumber for the past few years. The soccer league could no longer use those fields because of the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.

Three soccer fields, each of a different size, are being built at the back of the Ernest Cook Park, owned by the Letcher Fiscal Court, which is located off of the Whitesburg Bypass across from the hospital.

“The kids didn’t have anywhere to play soccer and soccer is really growing in this county,” said Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward.

Workers removed a hillside located at the far side of the park to make room for the soccer fields.

Gregg Collins, co-county coordinator for Letcher County Youth Soccer Association, said people in the community are putting forth a great effort to get the soccer fields completed in time for spring games.

“They’re working really hard on it,” said Collins.

Collins said in addition to county employees working overtime on the project, Hazard Community Technical College donated the use of a bulldozer and operator. Gregg Collins’s brother Gary Collins also donated his time by operating a bulldozer.

“Even the county/judge drove a big truck on a Saturday or Sun- day,” said Gregg Collins.

Collins said he thinks the new fields will be bigger and nicer than fields in surrounding counties to compete. The Letcher County soccer teams travel to Breathitt, Floyd, Perry, Pike, Johnson, Knott and Martin counties.

“It’s going to be perfect when it is done,” said Gregg Collins.

This week rocks are being removed from the fields before hydroseeding can be done.

In addition to the soccer fields, playground equipment for younger children was added to the park back in the fall.

The infields of the softball/ baseball fields were redone and received new brick dust. The bathrooms were completed.

Ward said he hopes to soon be able to pave the parking lot and paint the concession stand.

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