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"Soccer is growing in Gallatin and in Sumner County, and so I understand that they would like to be able to play in the evening," Graves said. "We're just going to have to see when we get down to all of the dollars what makes sense."
not have any soccer fields with lighting.
"The way soccer is growing by leaps and bounds, we are battling room and we're battling daylight," said Milton Madewell, president of the soccer club. "Since we can't get any more room for fields, I'm just asking for artificial daylight."
Gallatin soccer league wants lights for fields
By comparison, Hendersonville's soccer fields, 14 in all, have lighting, said Keith Bruce, assistant director of the Hendersonville Parks Department.
Bryson Turturice, 9, practices soccer Monday at Triple Creek Park in Gallatin. Due to the lack of soccer field lighting in the city and the limited number of practice fields, practice times are dictated by when the sun sets.
"We're running out of daylight, running out of room and we're trying to help give back to the community," Madewell said. "Everybody is volunteering to do that, but we're not getting any lights out there to help us do this."
The league has more than 500 children who play in the spring and more than 600 in the fall, Madewell said.
Due to the rapidly increasing popularity in the sport, the Gallatin Soccer Club is asking the city to install lighting for nine soccer fields of varying sizes at Triple Creek Park. Currently, the city does Michael Kors Handbags Gold
"Everybody is looking for practice times and game times," Bruce said. Currently, the project is listed as the 13th most important project for the department on its 2014 15 capital request list.
Madewell said adding lighting would allow the Gallatin Soccer Club to host tournaments, which could bring thousands of visitors to the city. Mk Bags England
"You have to start somewhere," Brown said. "The budget is tight and money Michael Kors Handbag Pink
is tight, so there is no use in going up there and asking for $300,000 to do them all."
While it's too early in the budget process to make a funding decision on the issue, Mayor Jo Ann Graves said she is considering everything on the capital projects list.
But, without the lighting, the growing league will Michael Kors Purses Uk Sale have to continue its daily race against the clock.
"There are other teams that come after us, so the fields are being used throughout the evening," Turturice said. "If you're the last group, you're trying to get out of here before dark and sometimes you don't get practice all the way in."
The project, if approved, is estimated to cost $150,000 for the first phase, said David Brown, leisure services director.
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