Construction picking up

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldConstruction workers from Jurgensen Hauling, LLC., continue renovations Thursday at Jurgensen Sports Park and Soccer Complex. Construction has picked up in recent weeks.

Rachael Keating 2018

CLINTON — Construction is picking up at the Jurgensen Sports soccer complex.

Crews in recent weeks got back to work at the complex, which is undergoing a more-than $425,000 renovation. The project will allow for the creation of more athletic fields, allowing the complex to host all youth soccer leagues at the complex. The youth soccer program has used not only Jurgensen in the past, but also the Clinton School District Administration Center’s field and the west field next to Clinton Community College.

The project also includes leveling out the three-tiered surface, creating an asphalt parking lot, and construction of a restroom/concessions stand facility.

Clinton Parks and Recreation Director Josh Eggers said progress remains on schedule to open up for area youth in spring 2019.

“Most of all the leveling, earth work and parking lot and restroom facilities can be completed in 2018,” Eggers said. “The spring 2019 date is right now strictly for grass growth.”

According to a recent city report, grading contractors worked on the top level fields with topsoil, creating a drainable soccer complex that can grow grass. Irrigation is currently being constructed and once completed, city officials will investigate whether to start planting in the spring or wait until fall.

As the irrigation progresses on the top end, according to the report, the diggers will move to the bottom level to begin work on the smaller fields and parking lot. The current plan is to have those graded by June 1, according to the report. The asphalt parking lot and sidewalk are slated to be finished by fall.

“The irrigation was a great addition to the project,” Eggers said. “That puts us in the ranks with the surrounding club facilities. We will now have a nice facility for parks and rec and the Clinton United Club.”

With the complex being unavailable for the spring soccer season, it also created a new location for youth soccer players in Clinton. Some leagues are being played on the riverfront.

“People have been very pleased and love the riverfront location,” Eggers said. “It’s a very suitable alternate.”

Hundreds of children utilize the soccer fields as part of the youth soccer league. Eggers said he has appreciated the partnership with the school district in providing additional fields in the past.

“We’ve been pleased with the relationship with the school district to use the west field and the (former) Harding field,” Eggers said. “We’re very pleased with the alternative locations to utilize.”

Eggers and the Engineering Department still are banking on an opening date of spring 2019 for the new-look Jurgensen complex.

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