The continuing renovation project at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona reached another milestone.
The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association announced that the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation awarded the group a $633,000 grant to complete construction of the championship stadium at the 16-year-old park.
"This is a wonderful achievement for MAYSA and Reddan Soccer Park," MAYSA and Reddan Soccer Park executive director Chris Lay said in a news release. "The Goodman Foundation's generosity and vision will have a tremendous impact on youth sports and recreation in the Madison area and beyond."
The grant will be combined with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Footprint Fields program to finance a synthetic-surface field at the stadium, which will be known as the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Pitch. Installation of the surface is scheduled for mid-June 2013, with completion by early September 2013.
Lights for the stadium were installed in September, and bleachers with seating for 500 also are in place. Plans call for the addition of a press box and a fence enclosing the field. Also scheduled for construction next summer is the UW Health Sports Medicine Building, with locker rooms and facilities for athletic trainers.
The planned $3 million renovation project at the 60-acre park started in 2010 with the regrading of two fields and the renovation of a shelter at Badger Prairie Park, which is on the other side of Cross Country Rd. from the main fields.
Three full-sized fields and two youth-sized fields – Fields 2, 3, 4, C and D – were regraded last summer and re-opened in the spring. Lights also were installed on fields adjacent to the stadium, which is currently Field 5. And a construction project on Cross Country Rd. was completed in August, making it easily to enter and leave the park.