Live Oak City Council voted to adopt the environmental review for the proposed soccer park and storm water detention facility at the September 19 meeting.
The proposed facility will be located on a 26 acre parcel southwest of Live Oak owned by the city. The state has tentatively approved a $1,850,000 grant for the project using funding from Proposition 84. Final approval for the grant is dependent upon the review assessing the environmental impacts the project will have.
Proposition 84 grant funds come from the state level to fund projects relating to safe drinking water and other water or waterway related projects, including park improvements and conservations efforts. To be eligible for such grant funding, the project has to demonstrate a need for the funds relating to some area of water quality and environmental preservation.
As part of the review process, city staff prepared a mitigated negative declaration for the project. This means the proposed soccer park and storm water detention facility is not likely to cause any negative environmental effects. The only provision is that if there are any archaeological or historic artifacts, or remains found during the construction of the project, work must halt until those items can be investigated.
The new proposed park will be graded to two levels and a portion of the property will remain at its existing surface level for park structures such as a concession stand, storage and restrooms. The mid-level ground will become the soccer fields, as currently planned there will be three, to which there is only expected to be minimal flooding from the low-level storm water detention area.
Current representations of the project are preliminary, and workshops with the pubic to discuss the project and gain community input will be scheduled as the project progresses, explained Finance Director, Satwant Takhar.
Last year 80 children were signed up to play soccer with the City, this year there have been over 190 sign ups, Mayor Gary Baland explained as part of his excitement to get this project underway. In addition, any dirt removed from the planned site will be used in the new Levee project as well, as it contains the right mix of soil and mineral types for that project. Therefore the project will have dual benefits to the city, not just as a soccer field and storm water detention facility but also benefiting the new Levee system.