Of the Keizertimes

Plans for an improved field fell through.

The use of an indoor facility ended.

Yet Jim Parent, president of the Keizer Soccer Club (KSC), isn’t burning the midnight oil in a scramble to figure out future plans.

There’s good reason for that: the current fall soccer season is keeping club members plenty busy.

“During the season we don’t put much work into development of new projects,” Parent said. “We will have a meeting in November, when we will install new board members. Then we will look at the opportunities that exist, if there are any.”

As Parent spoke last Friday, he was looking at a busy day with the Mid Valley Soccer League (MVSL), which KSC is a part of.

“There will be 30 to 40 games this weekend for the 9 and younger group and another 30 to 40 for the older ages (10 and up),” Parent said. “People sometimes don’t realized what our reach is. With the 9 and under group we have a couple of partner clubs in Silverton and Dallas, while 10 and up features kids from all over the valley.”

Last spring, members of the Keizer City Council approved a KSC request to use $15,000 in Park Improvement Fund money to renovate soccer fields at Claggett Creek Park. However, it was discovered later a slope in the field could not be leveled out as planned.

“The sloping would put us into the floodway,” Keizer Public Works director Bill Lawyer said during the Oct. 21 council meeting. The project was officially scrapped at the meeting.

That means one field at Claggett Creek is still being used, as well as three fields at Whiteaker Middle School.

A look at the MVSL schedule shows the Whiteaker fields are used on Saturdays starting at 8:30 a.m. and throughout the day, with the last games starting at 4:45 p.m. since there aren’t lights to allow later games.

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