City of Norman and Norman Youth Soccer Association officials officially opened the Griffin Park Phase 3 fields in a ribbon cutting ceremony early Saturday. The Griffin Park Soccer Complex upgrade is a Norman Forward quality-of-life project to convert all Griffin Park sports complex fields to soccer fields. Phase 3 of this project included the regrading and irrigation of fields 1 through 4, construction of a new restroom facility and spectator plaza area, and parking renovations to improve ADA accessibility and traffic flow.
“Each time a Norman Forward project comes to life, it is a reminder to our entire community about what we can accomplish when we invest in ourselves,” said Mayor Breea Clark.
The Griffin Park fields were built originally with a crowned or curved surface, which was the preferred construction at that time and these fields were purposed as adult flag football fields. The Norman Youth Soccer Association approached the City of Norman with this project, requesting a more current soccer field design which calls for a flat playing surface. A flat surface enhances the flow and speed of the game. Changing the grade and resurfacing as well as removing the old drainage areas between the field enhances the visibility and overall experience for fans and players.
“We are extremely excited to celebrate the completion of this Norman Forward project that will enhance the soccer experience for our players and their families,” said Christy Fuentes, NYSA Board President. “We are grateful for the citizens’ continued support of Norman Forward. A special thanks to all of the hard work and commitment of Norman Parks and Rec to make this project a huge success!”
Phase 3 of the Griffin Park project came in at $144,000 below the Architect's original estimate and $13,000 below the construction bid. Phase 4 is currently in the bidding process and is anticipated to be complete in summer of 2021.
Norman Forward is a citizen-initiated proposal to renovate, expand, construct and fund Quality of Life projects, such as multiple recreational facilities, libraries, parks, athletic venues, public art, trails, swim complexes and other quality of life projects throughout Norman. The initiative came to the City Council from community groups, stakeholders and Norman residents, who prepared an initial package using analysis and information from recreational planning professionals and research firms. Norman voters approved the program by a 72% majority in 2015.