WSA Soccer's facility ambitions took an agreesive turn in 2012. After 3 years of acclimating to managing over 60 acres of land resources, the club has taken steps to begin the groundwork for developing Tulsa's premiere soccer training facility. Read more click here...
WSA SOCCER FACILITY FACELIFT LAUNCHES NEW FACILITY PLANS
West Side Alliance revealed it's "Field of Dreams" proposal in 2011. Spawned by a coaches meeting in which WSA Coach Tom Apitz asked the question "why not?", the club launched an extensive effort for finding new land resources, and developing a first-class training and match ground. The 5-year plan is on mark, today, in 2015, and it appears the original vision could be exceded by the reality.
In the past two years club members have been asked to fundraise to help support capital improvement efforts, mostly targeted at WSA's newest land resource, West Bank Sports Complex. The club has raised over $100,000, and completed the $121,500 "phase I". With matching grants, donations, and other funding, WSA appears ready to launch both Phase II and Phase III of facility improvements, which are aimed at producing Tulsa County's premiere training and match soccer facility. WSA currently has inked multi-year deals with it's two primary faciliites, West Bank Sports Complex, and Rivercity Parks. The club also has had a proposal heard for a long-term deal with the Sand Springs Salvation Army training center.
Phase II and Phase III of the Field Dreams proposal include additions of new concessions and restrooms, stadium lighting, synthetic turf fields, fencing, irrigation improvements, and parking lot reconfigurations.
Phase III includes training amenities such as portable goals and rebounders, new player clubhouse team video room, on site training equipment (training dummies, ladders, weighted balls, strength and conditioning equipment), enhanced safety equipment (AED's, In-Ground Lightning Sensors, etc), trees and green walls for noise and visibility functionality, signage for fields and parking.
Below is a summary of what has been done, and a quick look at the plans for the future.
SKIP TO: NEW LAND LEASES FACILITY FACELIFT TIMELINE THE FUTURE BACK TO TOP
NEW LAND RESOURCES & LEASES
WSA Currently Manages over 60 acres of soccer trainng and game facilities!
December 2011 -- Enter into lease with Sand Springs Salvation Army 10-acre training facility
July 2012 - Take over lease of Tulsa's West Bank Sports Complex 40-acre facility
September 2014 - Extended Multi-Year Lease and User Agreement with SS Parks for Rivercity Parks
July 2015 - Expected to announce long term West Bank lease (current lease extends through 2022).
May 2012 - Complete Rivercity Parks Field #6 refurbish and leveling project
July 2012 - Over 100 tons of new dirt added to West Bank Fields 9, 10, 11
July 2012 - Irrigation Expansion Project, Phase I, completed at Rivercity
August 2012 - Purchased 12 new full-sized portable goals for West Bank
October 2012 - Installed over 50 new trees at West Bank - thank you Up w/ Trees!
October 2012 - Refurbished previously non-functional concession and restroom facility at West Bank
October 2012 - Drilled Test Water Well #1 at West Bank
February 2013 - Drilled Water Wells #2 & #3 at West Bank
July 2013 - Apply 30 tons of new dirt to field #7 - thank you Affordable Asphalt!
July 2013 - Apply 100 tons of new dirt to field #9, Laser grade and level field - Thank you Premiere Site Development!
September 2013 - purchase modular office building for future use at West Bank Sports Complex
June 2014 - Clean & refurbish modular building to functional clubhouse, prepared for rennovation to Team Video Room for players
Funding achieved for 70% completion of installation of a synthetic turf field at Rivercity Parks
Design phase complete and construction begun for Rivercity Parks new concession, restroom, splash pad, playground, and stadium field
Funding in place for West Bank Perimeter Fencing (important step to next phase of field development)
Salvation Army proposal in place with National SA Unit for lighting and irrigation at SA training facility
Funding achieved for 70% completion of installation of synthetic turf field at West Bank
Donors and sponsors sought for completion of the Ken Lovelee Clubhouse, a team video and meeting room, w/ audio-visual equipment for soccer "classroom" sessions, as well as a club functional office
Short-Term Fundraising Plan in Place for Stadium Lighting at West Bank
Design for Storage Building at West Bank for tractor, mower, implements, and other resources needed for groundskeeping