The thought for a soccer complex within the City of Santa Maria has been within the works for about 10 years and this week, the town council accredited funding for the venture.
Those funds embrace a state grant of $6.5 million, $1.5 million from Santa Barbara County, and $1 million from the City of Santa Maria.
The sports venture could embrace 4 athletic fields, laborious court docket areas, parking, a playground and help services.
City leaders acknowledge that this may assist 1000’s of native children who’re actively concerned in Santa Maria’s numerous soccer leagues and college groups year-round.
“Currently, we’re in design work which means we’ve hired a firm to go out and do all of our construction plans and once those are ready, we’ll be ready. Once the purchase of the property happens, we’ll be shovel ready,” mentioned Dennis Smitherman, City of Santa Maria Recreation Services Manager.
The location is presently farmland within the metropolis limits and has not but been bought by the town.