Watershed Council continues to search for alternate soccer field locations

By: 
DEB HILL
Managing Editor

At its December meeting the Big Spring Creek Watershed Council heard a report from members tasked with finding good soccer field locations, other than the proposed Brewery Flats site.

At the November meeting, soccer supporter Brett Thackeray addressed the Council, explaining the yearlong search his group had invested to find a good location for building soccer fields. Brewery Flats, Thackeray said, was deemed to be the best alternative as it was already owned by the City of Lewistown, had road access, was flat and was large enough for both the fields and associated parking needs.

Members of the Watershed Council expressed concerns about Brewery Flats as a location, and vowed to find alternatives. According to Watershed Council Chairman Clay Dunlap, alternate locations include land along Joyland Road near the Fergus County Poor Farm and land at the Lewistown airport.

“The Berg Lumber site is off the table,” Dunlap told the News-Argus. That site, Dunlap said, is being considered for a housing project. However, Dunlap said, the Watershed Council is very supportive of building new soccer fields and will continue to investigate good locations.

The Watershed Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks office near the airport to further discuss alternate soccer field locations.

Other business

In other business, the Watershed Council heard a report on progress of the Machler Stream Restoration project, discussed issues with access to Hanson Creek reservoir, and heard a report on the Central Montana Regional Water Authority’s plan to drill a well in the Madison Aquifer near Utica to potentially provide water for the communities of Judith Gap, Harlowton, Ryegate, Lavina, Roundup and Melstone.

 

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