Hillsboro Soccer Club builds for the future
The Hillsboro Soccer Club is embarking on a new goal of building the first club-owned field in the Hillsboro area.
Thanks in part to a donation of land from the Evergreen Christian Center, located on the northeast corner of Evergreen and Glencoe Road, the club is planning a facility — which at least for now will consist of one synthetic field with bleachers and lights, with the idea of continuing to service an ever-growing population of Hillsboro's soccer youth.
"We're looking for an opportunity for more fields in the area," Hillsboro Soccer Club President Michele Barber said. "Despite what's occurred as a result of the recent bond approval, there still simply aren't enough facilities to keep up with the demand we're seeing in the area."
With Hillsboro growing at a rate of nearly 20 percent per decade, the club hopes to get ahead of the curve and in the process build a facility that will become home base for training and matches for more than 2,000 players per year.
Presently the club uses a handful of grass fields in the area, but is limited to just three synthetic facilities at 53rd Avenue Park, South Meadows Middle School and Hare Field. The new facility will allow for an additional synthetic option for club players, and a stream of revenue for the club itself, via rental to private entities, schools and tournaments.
"Other groups will rent our field," Barber said. "There are a lot of groups in and around the area that could and will be able to use the facility. Ultimately the idea is to benefit those in or associated with the club, but there will be room for others outside of it to play as well."
The cost of the field is estimated to be roughly $1 million, but HSC is initially driving for $250,000 to couple with financing in an effort to break ground in the fall of 2020.
Fundraising efforts began last Thursday, Sept. 26, with a pitch as part of the Networking with Purpose Event held in downtown Portland. Barber, a Hillsboro native who grew up and played for the Hillsboro Soccer Club as a kid, appreciates what the game of soccer, along with her experience with the club, has meant to her — and hopes to continue to offer that same experience for kids in the present and future.
"Building the first club-owned field in Hillsboro is the next step in the evolution of our club and will ensure we can meet the demand of the diverse community we serve," Barber said. "It's a great game and it can do great things for people."
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