Lighted soccer arena opens in Collier Park

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, center, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening celebration of a lighted soccer arena in Collier County Park on Friday morning. Joining her is At far left is county Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright, county parks and recreation director, and members of the Ramona Boys & Girls Club.

On Friday, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, county Parks and Recreation officials and the Ramona Boys & Girls Club celebrated the opening of a new lighted soccer arena at Collier County Park in Ramona.

“I’m so pleased that the county, private donors and the Boys & Girls club were able to join forces—and funds—to get this done for the community,” said Jacob, whose District 2 includes Ramona. “Arena soccer is a fun and healthy sport that a lot of people in Ramona are going to get a chance to enjoy.”

The open-air, walled arena with bleachers and regulation-size artificial turf field is designed for the fast-paced play of arena soccer.

The arena’s artificial turf field and low-energy lighting are designed to conserve resources. The area is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible, and its wall has a transparent section for a view of the action from a wheelchair at ground level.

The county arena was funded with a $250,000 donation from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego and

Ramona Boys & Girl Club members play in the new soccer arena.

$372,000 in county District 2 Neighborhood Reinvestment funds.

In an agreement with the county, the Boys & Girls Club will maintain and operate the arena and share any revenues it generates with the county.

The new arena will be part of the Ramona Boys & Girls Club and available to the community, too. playgrounds and picnic areas.

Collier County Park, an 8-acre community park with playgrounds and picnic areas, is home to the Ramona Boys & Girls Club and the Scout Hut for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The park is between Sixth and Seventh streets, with the arena at the corner of Seventh and E streets next to the youth clubhouse.

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1 Comment for “Lighted soccer arena opens in Collier Park”

  1. John Thomas

    While I think it's wonderful that the county and the Boys and Girls Club appear to be so interested in the youth and community, I am confused how severely off-mark they are. I mean, come on, do we really need another soccer field?

    I grew up in Ramona and was overjoyed as we went from playing soccer at the various school fields to having the wonderful facility we now have next to the baseball fields. Our parents and the good people of this community made sure that we had a central location where we could practice, play, and have a great time.

    Now, I watch all the kids who Skateboard, Scooter, and ride BMX all over town, being kicked out of any decent location on a daily basis. Why is their sport any less important than soccer? The soccer players have a place to play. The freestyle riders don't. Let's stop wasting money on what WE think the kids should have and start giving them what they really need.

    Come on people, we can do better.

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