WSA THANKS PREMIERE SITE DEVELOPMENT, LLC, FOR THEIR REFURBISHING WORK AT WEST BANK SPORTS COMPLEX. Read more and see photos of the progress here...
PREMIERE SITE DEVELOPMENT, LLC REFURBISHES WEST BANK #9
West Bank Sports Complex has been receiving a lot of facelifts recently. One of the most dramatic improvements thus far, was the complete refurbishing of West Bank Field #9. "The field was unsafe, and unusable," reported WSA Director of Coaching, Roger Bush.
When West Side Alliance Soccer Club took over the lease agreement from Tulsa Riverparks Authority on July 1, 2012, there was a long list of "identified needs" to return West Bank Sports Complex to "event standard". On the top of the list included surface refurbishing for the four lighted fields on the southern 20 acres. This process began in July when approximately 50 dumptruck loads of dirt were brought in to fill in "crater-like" holes in the playing surfaces. Premiere Site Development showed up on a hot summer work day in July with a full crew and helped spread the dirt along with several other WSA volunteers.
Ryan Roberts, a chief officer of Premiere Site Development, offered to do a field refurbish project later in the year. True to his word Roberts contacted WSA this winter and set up the plan for tackling the worst field at West Bank. "We had actually removed all teams from the field and were determined it may become a parking lot for the short term," reported Bush. "The transformation has left what was determined to be a parking lot, possibly our best future playing surface!"
"That is what you wanted isn’t it? (the best playing suface)", said Roberts. Indeed!
Premiere Site Development part through Field #9 refurbish efforts. A look from afar at Field #9's initial work during July 2012.
Premiere Site Development also installed and constructed the soccer fields at Mohawk Soccer Complex in North Tulsa. WSA Soccer was awarded a finalist bid by the City of Tulsa for that facilty as well last summer. However, after having already committed to the West Bank Sports Complex undertaking, the program decided to keep efforts focused on West Bank, and on the day of the finalist interview pulled out of the competition, leaving Big League Sports Dreams as the default winner of the bid. Currently, City of Tulsa and Big League Sports Dreams have not come to terms on operation of the Mohawk facility.
The field #9 project is not complete yet. The next stage of plans for field #9 include irrigation tie-in to the three water wells that have been installed on the West Bank grounds and then the installation of irrigation lines on Field #9 and the grass regrowth phase. "There is still a lot to do to bring field #9 back to a usable condition," says Bush. The plan is for the field to open during the Midwest Labor Day Tournament held at West Bank this summer.
While WSA continues it’s energized efforts towards transforming West Bank into a "field of dreams" it continues to rely on the help of all members through volunteerism, donations, and simply the energy provided by the confidence and hope in a better facility for kids to "play".
The club now has 3 water wells on site, is ready to begin laying plans for irrigation, parking reconfigurations, has added 12 new full-sized semi-portable goals, has plans for concession building remodeling, possible purchase of on-site office space, is currently planting as many as 30-40 new trees (through grant from Up With Trees).... And this is just at West Bank. The club just completed an irrigation expansion project at Rivercity and is contemplating field re leveling project at Salvation Army Training Facility.
Thank you again Premiere Site Development LLC, for such a wonderful and significant contribution to kickstarting the process.