New Space Heavenly for Soccer Teams
Kadin, Deborah, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Deborah Kadin Daily Herald Correspondent
Glen Ellyn schools have been experiencing growing pains. And consequently, so have the area's athletic teams.
Baseball and softball programs have been expanding, and so has football.
But the program that seems to be scoring especially well is soccer.
Soccer has become the single largest program sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District, with about 1,800 boys and girls playing on recreational and competitive teams.
The growth means a growth in teams, and that means more of a need for space to practice and play games.
That's why the news that the park district will be buying the vacant Maryknoll Seminary property pleased coaches for Glen Ellyn soccer programs.
The park district plans to raze the languishing building and convert the space into recreational space. Baseball diamonds are planned, and so are fields that can be used for football and soccer.
"We'll have dedicated sports fields that can be maintained on a frequent basis," said Corey Atwell, the park district's executive director.
Coaches are anxious to see what the future will hold for their programs.
"We are in a great need for additional practice and game space," said Scott Baldwin, who coaches a fourth-grade boys' competitive team. "That will be a real benefit to the program."
The news also delighted Mary Loch, who is coaching a third-grade boys' competitive team.
"That's great. Folks living along Route 53 don't have a lot of park space."
Few park district facilities have the room to accommodate baseball, soccer and football programs.
Baseball, softball and football games and practices are held at Newton Park, and Ackerman is the place to go for soccer. …