A Field of Sprinklers

 

 

Crew leader, Tashanchet Wilson, and parent volunteer Arlen Doolittle, use a rented uger to help dig a line for the new sprinkler system for the soccer field in Hoopa. The field should be ready by the end of August. / Photo by Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune.

Crew leader, Tashanchet Wilson, and parent volunteer Arlen Doolittle, use a rented uger to help dig a line for the new sprinkler system for the soccer field in Hoopa. The field should be ready by the end of August. / Photo by Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune.

Volunteers Install Water Line for New Soccer Field

By Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune

With the world entrenched in World Cup soccer fandom, one Hoopa woman’s years of hard work have paid off, with the Hoopa soccer field one step closer to opening. On June 19-20, from 10 am to 3 pm, Tahsanchat Wilson led a group of 40 volunteers as they installed the sprinkler system for the field.

The weekend activities were phase one in a two phase project, which will not only add the needed sprinkler system, but grass and fencing around the field.

Wilson said both phases should be completed by mid-July.

The funding for the soccer field was made possible by a $18,000 grant from Coast Central Credit Union for fencing and the sprinkler system, with Bear River Casino donating $1,200, and the Wintu Tribe donating $5,000 for the irrigation system. The remainder of the funding was raised by Wilson and parent volunteers.

Volunteer Aaron Pole works on the water line, while crew leader Lonnie Wilson goes over plans with a parent volunteer. The 40 volunteers installed over 1,000 feet of irrigation line for the new field. / Photo by Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune.

Volunteer Aaron Pole works on the water line, while crew leader Lonnie Wilson goes over plans with a parent volunteer. The 40 volunteers installed over 1,000 feet of irrigation line for the new field. / Photo by Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune.

The volunteers used everything from rented power tools and a backhoe to dig trenches across the 285 ft. wide and 410 ft. long field. The sprinkler system will have a sprinkler head every 50 feet.

The volunteers glued the water piping together for the entire width and length of the field, over 1,000 ft. of piping. Volunteer Rick Hall Sr., operated the backhoe that was donated by the Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC), with parent volunteers following behind to lay the piping and install the sprinkler heads.

“We have a lot of volunteers,” Wilson explained. “If we don’t keep them busy and fed, we’ll start to lose them.”

The Klamath-Trinity Youth Soccer League (KTYSL) donated food for a barbeque for the workers including water, juice, and doughnuts and coffee. Hoopa resident Dick Rolland stopped by and donated $100 for the completion of the field.

To make sure nothing was stolen form the site, TCCC members and a parent volunteer camped out at the soccer field.

The next part of phase one, after the sprinkler system is finished, is seeding the entire field. Wilson said they already have the seeds and will be spreading them out using “seed shooters’ and as many volunteers as possible to spread the seed around the field.

Parent volunteer, Sonny Cosce, uses a pick-axe to help dig the irrigation line at the new soccer field in Hoopa. / Photo by Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune.

Parent volunteer, Sonny Cosce, uses a pick-axe to help dig the irrigation line at the new soccer field in Hoopa. / Photo by Manuel Sanchez, Two Rivers Tribune.

The goal of the KTYSL is to have the field ready for the start of the youth soccer season which begins in September. Wilson said the field will be a multi-use facility, that will be maintained by the Hoopa Valley Tribal Recreation Department.

The goals for the new field were donated by the Mad River Youth Soccer League (MRYSL), one set for each age division.

The soccer field has been 10 years in the making, with the most difficult process being the land acquisition. They finally settled on the plot of land in between Supply Creek and the high school softball field.

Dirt was acquired from the Bald Hill Slide run-off, but because of some political wrangling, it took five years before they had enough dirt for the field. With the land secured, the KTYSL went after and received the CCCU grant for the sprinklers and fencing.

Wilson said the ultimate goal is to add stands and lighting for night activities, with a possible stage to be added for community events and camps.

“We have come a long way from the [Hoopa] Tribe telling us no,” Wilson said.

To donate to the Klamath-Trinity Youth Soccer League field, contact Tahsanchat Wilson at (707) 407-7037 or (530) 625-5596.

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June 25th, 2010

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