From Sacramento: I-80 West to Vacaville. Exit I-80 West at Monte Vista Ave Exit. After exiting freeway, Turn left at stoplight on Monte Vista Ave. Continue to first stoplight, Browns Valley Parkway. Turn Right on Browns Valley Parkway approx 1 mile to stoplight, Allison Drive. Turn right onto Allison Drive. This is the entrance to Centennial Park. Continue on Allison to rear of Centennial Park. Horse Creek Soccer Complex is at the northern edge of Centennial Park.
From Vallejo: I-80 East to Vacaville. Exit I-80 East at Allison Rd. After exiting freeway, stay in left lane. Turn left at light and go over freeway. Stay on Allison Rd. approximately 1.5 miles, at next light, continue into Centennial Park. Continue on Allison to rear of Centennial Park. Horse Creek Soccer Complex is at the northern edge of Centennial Park.
What is the project, how many fields, when did it start ?
Where are the fields located?
What has happened so far, when will the project be completed ?
Who owns the land ?
Who will have use of the fields ?
Is there a need for volunteers ?
What is the projected cost of the project, how much do we have now ?
How do I donate, and is the money used only for this project ?
1. What is the project, How many fields, When did it start?
The project was conceived in 1990 after Jon White, a VYSL soccer coach attended a weekend tournament at Cherry Island in Sacramento. Mr. White approached the city of Vacaville in 1992 regarding the feasibility of a site like Cherry Island in Vacaville. With the City’s approval Mr. White asked C.Y.S.A. North to consider the Vacaville site for a ten field regional soccer facility. Three other Cities had requested consideration for the regional facility. The City of Vacaville site was selected over the other three cities but C.Y.S.A. North later decided not to fund the project because the expansive soil found at the site did not meet their requirements. At that point Jon White, with the support of the Vacaville Youth Soccer League and approval from the City of Vacaville, decided to proceed with a revised soccer field project. Construction began in the fall of 1998.
The project consists of 4 initial soccer fields (ready for use in the fall of 2000) with plans for 5 more fields in the future. The time schedule for the future fields will depend on fundraising. In addition to the 9 fields there are plans for a building (or buildings) which will house the restrooms, concession stand, meeting room, soccer shop, and maintenance garage. A portion of the building structure will be constructed prior to the additional 5 fields.
2. Where are the fields located ?
The new soccer complex is located just North of the Centennial Baseball fields on Browns Valley Parkway. The extension of Allison Parkway, north of Interstate 80, will cross Browns Valley Parkway and end at the soccer complex.
3. What has happened so far, and when will the project be completed ?
The drainage system is installed for the entire site, except for the 2 southern fields. The 2 northern fields have the drains and sprinklers installed as well as the sand base. The southern field drains and the sprinklers for the turf area surrounding all the fields will be completed in the spring. Then the sand base for the southern fields will be spread and grass will be planted. Ideally, there will be a grand opening in the fall of 2000.
4. Who owns the land ?
The City of Vacaville owns the land, but VYSL has a 25 year lease on the land through a m.o.u agreement.
5. Who will have use of the fields ?
VYSL will use the fields most of the time, but fields may be leased or rented to adult and other leagues to generate funds for maintenance. If we can raise approximately $500,000.00 for an endowment to pay for maintenance, then we can limit the use to VYSL. All divisions of the VYSL (metro, comp, and rec) will share field time.
6. Is there a need for volunteers ?
In the fall of 1999 Jon White (the project coordinator) tried to complete the installation of drainage and sprinklers with volunteer labor. The turnout of volunteers was much lower than expected and the project fell behind schedule. In the future major portions of work will be contracted; however, volunteers will be necessary and are always welcome.
7. What is the projected cost of the project, how much do we have so far ?
The current budget for 4 fields and lights to allow night games is approximately $500,000 ($350,000 for fields and $150,000 for lights). The total raised to date is $330,000 plus $75,000 in pending grants from the City of Vacaville and the United States Soccer Federation. A budget for the building has not been completed.
8. How do I donate, and is the money used only for this project ?
Anyone can donate by sending a check payable to: Horse Creek Soccer Project, P.O. Box 73, Vacaville, CA 95696. The funds are held in a separate account and will be used only for this project. A receipt, which includes the VYSL tax ID Number, will be mailed to donors.
VYSL is a 501C3 Non Profit Corporation.