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Plant City to open 6 new soccer fields by year’s end

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Published:   |   Updated: September 13, 2013 at 08:32 AM

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PLANT CITY The city has awarded nearly $1 million in bids for six new soccer fields at Ellis-Methvin Park.

The city expects the fields will be finished by the end of the year, said Jack Holland, executive director of the city Recreation and Parks Department.

The city can use all the extra fields it can get, Holland said.

“We’re jam packed at all of our parks,” he said.

The city has been developing the more than 46-acre park at 2401-2601 E. Cherry St. since buying the land about 11 years ago. The park includes a tennis center, two soccer fields, two youth baseball fields and two youth softball fields.

The city commissioners awarded bids for construction, drainage and sod on the six additional soccer fields earlier this month.

The city has asked Hillsborough County to help pay the nearly $1 million needed to light all the 12 fields at the park. The request is pending, Holland said. The city also hopes to install restrooms and add additional fencing.

City Manager Greg Horwedel said he can’t wait.

“We want to show it off as the gem as it is,” he said.

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