Soccer bar repelled to learn North Whitehall fields to be closed

June 2, 2015 - Soccer Balls

The Parkland Area Soccer Club margin coordinator was dumbfounded by an email late final month dogmatic 4 North Whitehall Township fields sealed until late subsequent spring.

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“This one kind of held me off guard,” Don Penrod told a North Whitehall Township Board of Supervisors during Monday night’s meeting. “I didn’t see it coming.”

The township’s move, Penrod said, leaves a renouned soccer bar during a detriment with how to conduct a entrance tumble and open seasons.

Officials contend a dry open wreaked massacre on fields all over a Lehigh Valley, yet Penrod pronounced a usually shuttered fields his bar is contending with are those in North Whitehall.

On May 27, North Whitehall officials dynamic 4 of a township’s 7 fields would be off boundary from Jul 1 by open 2016 in sequence to get a remit from play and some rejuvenating margin work. The fields influenced embody fields Nos. 2 and 4 during Old Post, also famous as Neffs, as good as Levans Field and Independence Park.

Penrod, a house member for a nonprofit soccer bar that boasts about 850 members from around a Lehigh Valley, pronounced he’s stumped on how a bar will find adequate fields for teams to use and play on during a tumble season, that runs from Aug to November.

“When these fields get sealed fast like this, as we can see, it puts us in a jam,” Penrod said.

Township Manager Jeff Bartlett pronounced he feels for a club, though forked out that officials can’t control a continue — that he pronounced was a pushing force behind a closures.

But a club, portion a area for a final decade, would have favourite a possibility to assistance a municipality come adult with solutions for providing relief, Penrod said. He even offering $500 of bar supports to assistance equivalent upkeep costs. It’s not a initial time a bar has pitched in for a territory it plays on — about 3 years ago a bar ponied adult $1,500 for work on a Old Post fields.

“I know it all costs income and nothing’s here for free,” Penrod positive a board.

Supervisor Steve Pany pronounced a house would examination some of a club’s suggestions to assistance safeguard a fields could be reopened by Aug. 1.

Among a tips Penrod offering was a intentional dismissal of goals and nets from a fields when a bar isn’t regulating them. John Marko, in assign of margin upkeep for a club, pronounced that kind of pointed change can deter illegal play and revoke wear and tear.

“We do wish to assistance we reinvigorate and stagger them,” Marko pronounced of a fields.

“We wish to be means to work a small closer with we guys,” Penrod said. “We’re only looking for a some-more collaborative effort.”

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