CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Chesterfield County is making good on its word to renovated sports fields at the Clover Hill Athletic Complex and Huguenot Park. The project was set-aside in May with the county supervisors opted instead to spend the money on a lease with SportsQuest.
The Ellis girls have a flair for field hockey. With one swing they know if the turf is up to par.
"Depending on the grass it can like, bounce up or it can like move differently," said Katie Ellis.
They just wrapped up practice at the Clover Hill ports complex. Their mom is the coach.
Tell me a little bit about the field behind us, on a scale of 1-10. "This field currently right now is probably sitting on about a seven," said Betsy Ellis. "The balls that go off, especially in boys lacrosse because they really throw hard and go off all in there- it just takes time out of the game to have to go chase all the balls down."
The county is set to take $340,000 from its reserve and put it towards field repairs at Clover Hill and Huguenot parks. Taking money from savings is not common.
Ten-year-old Randy Perez is excited for the exception.
"All over there was all dirty, like dirt," said Randy Perez. "And we would sometimes slip when we'd kick the ball."
He's one of 40,000 kids who play sports in Chesterfield. Every upgrade will make a difference. For Maggie, who says girls who play field hockey often feel left out, the news is some of the best.
"Field hockey is something that I love and it just makes me feel really happy," said Maggie Ellis.
According to the parks department, the changes will be ready by fall 2011. The funding must be approved by the Board of Supervisors during a work session on Wednesday, August 25.