It was announced today, December 15th, that Northwest Soccer Park at W Smith Road and Northwest Drive will soon be expanded to include 2 artificial turf fields complete with lighting and a scoreboard.
According to the press release from Whatcom Sports & Recreation, the organization which operates and maintains the park,
Under a 20-year partnership agreement with Phillips 66, Whatcom Sports & Recreation will combine funding allocated to the Soccer Park in the 2015-17 Washington State budget with a donation from Phillips 66 to construct two artificial turf fields, with lights and scoreboard. The State of Washington will provide $2 million in funding; Phillips 66 will contribute $700,000.
There currently are only a couple all-weather turf fields available so this project will double that number for the county.
[According to] Lance Calloway, executive director, Whatcom Sports & Recreation, “With the completion of this project, Whatcom County athletic programs such as youth and adult soccer, lacrosse, Boys & Girls Club football, high school athletic programs, and Ultimate Frisbee will benefit from these turf upgrades. The turf fields will be open to a wide variety of user groups to reserve and utilize.”
The park will also take on a new name, Phillips 66 Soccer Park.
The press release gave credit to those who contributed to the effort behind the funding.
During the latest Washington State budget session, 42nd District State Senator Doug Ericksen helped garner legislative support to include $2 million for the soccer park project in the current 2015-17 Washington State budget, which was approved July 1. “This will be a great asset for our community for decades to come,” commented Senator Ericksen.
[According to] Ferndale refinery manager Rich Harbison, “To our knowledge, this is the largest single gift the refinery has made during more than 60 years of operation here in Whatcom County and we’re excited that this donation will benefit so many young people and adults.”
The project is planned to be completed in April 2016.
Whatcom Sports & Recreation has over the years developed the soccer park to its current configuration of 13 full size fields through grants, fundraising events, user fees and sponsorships. The park is a popular location for soccer camps, youth and adult league play and tournaments.