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9-acre soccer complex coming to downtown Oakwood

Groundbreaking to be within 2 months

POSTED: July 16, 2013 1:16 a.m.

Organizers planning to build a $2 million soccer complex in Oakwood are hoping to break ground within the next two months.

The new complex will feature a regulation-size soccer field, two smaller practice fields, an indoor soccer court that can be converted into community space when needed and a two-story center that will house restrooms, concessions, classrooms and offices, with an additional community center planned.

The entire complex is expected to take about a year to complete, though organizers Chris Corado and Norma Hernandez hope children will be playing on the fields in six months.

“I prefer to see a kid playing soccer or lacrosse than painting graffiti or joining gangs,” Corado said. “It’s good for the community.”

Corado, a longtime soccer coach, noticed the number of soccer fields in Hall County was not keeping up with the growing number of leagues. He decided to build a new community soccer complex and spent seven years looking for a suitable location.

“In Hall County we only have the Allen Creek Soccer Complex and Tadmore Park but in Forsyth County, they have a lot of fields. I want to see more places here where people can play together,” he said.

In December, Oakwood sold 9 acres of land on the southern corner of McClure Drive and Main Street to the project.

“We’re excited about it,” said Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown. “It’s kind of our leadoff project for the Oakwood 2030 master plan.”

The Oakwood 2030 project is a proposed development plan inspired by Hall County’s Vision 2030. The plan proposes a number of initiatives to culminate in the year 2030, including building more public green space, an outdoor amphitheater, a town commons and a commercial district, among other things.

“We are really happy that Oakwood is actually going out of their way to welcome this project,” said Hernandez.

“Stan Brown and Mayor Lamar Scroggs have been very helpful and meet with us regularly.

“Oakwood is the place to be for us.”

The project hasn’t yet raised all the funds to complete the project, though a few people and organizations have committed to getting it started, because the organizers wanted to show more than blueprints to potential supporters, Hernandez said.

The complex plans were recently approved by city inspectors and the organizers are currently meeting with contractors for estimates.

Corado and Hernandez hope to begin grading and building the fields in the next two months.

“I want to thank God, Hall County and the city of Oakwood for opening the door for us and our project,” Corado said.

“We want the whole community to come together with us.”

For information or to make a donation, contact Hernandez at 770-297-9550 or normh06@yahoo.com.


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