SilverLakes Park and the Fields of Dreams for SCDSL
Anyone who lives in Southern California will know there isn’t a lot of land to go around and you will have to pay a premium if you want a piece of it.
Such is the problem for SoCal soccer. There’s no shortage of demand; the sport is growing all the time and it’s only going to get bigger but it’s always a battle for clubs to tie down prime fields and facilities.
Fun fields can work great for young AYSO teams – I used to coach my under-10 girls team on Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach and the players would all get mini-ice cream cones at the end of the pier after a training session – but serious players need seriously good fields that are always in short supply.
So it is exciting to report that the Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL) is working around the clock to get an all-new facility at Silverlakes in Norco ready for a planned opening date of September 12.
Despite the “race against time,” as one league official called it, the SCDSL should have 25 full sized fields in operation at the state-of-the-art, 122-acre soccer facility for its fall Showcase games.
The 25 fields will include 4 fully-lit synthetic pitches and four laid with natural grass with the possibility to expand to 50 fields in the future.
All 2015 U8 to U13 Showcase Games will be played at Silverlakes.
It’s been an “interesting” journey for the SCDSL – it originally hoped to start playing at the sports park in 2012 before planning hitches over irrigation and other matters threw a spanner in the works.
A 2009 market analysis projected that Silverlakes would attract 550,000 visitors and $37 million to the Norco park – which includes an equestrian center – in its first year.
Talk about a level playing field.
This new development should give the SCDSL another massive asset as it seeks to turn the region's youth into the best players they can be.
For more information on SilverLakes' mission and future development, you can visit SilverLakesPark.com.