Wellfield Park soccer fields in Venice to get grass makeover

The three youth soccer fields at Wellfield Park - fields 1, 2 and 3, left to right, as seen in this Google Earth aerial image, have all suffered from overuse.  The City of Venice will spend up to $65,000 to repeat the worst of the three pitches, Pitch 2, while Venice Soccer Club will limit practice use on all three pitches to allow the turf to last longer.

VENICE — More than 600 youngsters are learning both the game of football and life lessons as members of the Venice Soccer Club — and the number is growing every year, David Jarvis, the club’s president, told Venice City Council on Tuesday.

All of those practices and games took a toll on the city’s three soccer fields at Wellfield Park, Jarvis said, with a $25,000 patch job on Field 2 taking only about 30 days before poor conditions destroyed the nematode-infested field for the game made dangerous.

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“If our fields are where they are today, that’s where it’s at where it’s unsafe now,” Jarvis said. “Our kids are breaking their ankles now, they’re breaking their wrists.

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