Rotary, Parks Division complete futsal court at JC Snow Park

Rotary members and others volunteer to install new futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George, Utah, circa November 2014 | Photo courtesy of Linda Sappington, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – In partnership with three of Washington County’s four Rotary clubs, the City of St. George Parks and Recreation Division has now completed installation of the city’s first official, regulation concrete futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George.

Rotary members and others volunteer to install new futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George, Utah, circa November 2014 | Photo courtesy of Linda Sappington, St. George News
Rotary members and others volunteer to install new futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George, Utah, circa November 2014 | Photo courtesy of Linda Sappington, St. George News

A second court is scheduled for completion some time in 2015 to accommodate the growing interest in this popular sport described as “a variant of soccer played on a small field and generally indoors.”

Translated as “hall football” from the Portuguese futebol de salao, futsal originated in Brazil in the 1930s. Currently, St. George has a league of adult futsal players including eight teams of five players each. Annually, this enthusiastic group hosts an elimination tournament in June. Until now, players have had to use other sites, which they say, don’t adequately accommodate the game.

Approximately 150 rotarians unanimously supported a donation of more than $5,000 for the purchase and installation of nets and landscaping around the court, said Ken Sizemore, coordinator for the combined community service project by St. George Rotary, Red Rock Rotary and Dixie Sunrise Rotary,  A portion of the donation came from each club’s coffers.

The balance came from a $65,000 Trails, Streams and Parks Grant provided to Utah Rotary District 5420 from the Sorensen Legacy Foundation which challenged all 47 Utah Rotary clubs to “identify a worthy project, develop a scope of work and a budget for completion, and implement the project before June 2013.”

Rotary members and others volunteer to install new futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George, Utah, circa November 2014 | Photo courtesy of Linda Sappington, St. George News
Rotary members and others volunteer to install new futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George, Utah, circa November 2014 | Photo courtesy of Linda Sappington, St. George News

This is the third project at Snow Park for members of the St. George Rotary Club, who partnered with the City of St. George in the creation of the extremely popular SK8 Park and construction of the pavilion, both funded in part by Rotary contributions and labor to complete the landscaping.

Rotary is an organization of professional men and women with 34,000+ clubs and 1.2+ million members. Rotary International focuses efforts on improving the health and welfare of underprivileged populations by providing water, education and health through projects administered by local Rotary clubs all over the world.

For more information about Rotary in the local community, including meeting times and locations, call 669-8020.

Resources

  • For information about Rotary in Washington County, telephone 435-669-8020
  • J.C. Snow Park

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3 Comments

  • Alice November 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I’d really like to know what pavilion they are talking about. I work for parks, and we all said “huh” when we read that.

    • Cami Cox Jim Cami Cox Jim November 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Hi Alice,
      That story was a submitted press release — the submitter is seeking to clarify that portion of the story so we may answer your question. We’ll get back with you soon.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 17, 2014 at 6:41 am

      The release was submitted on behalf of the local Rotary clubs, Alice. The writer has given the following reply.

      As a longtime member of Rotary, I live by the 4-way test which asks, “Is it the truth?” Obviously I am mistaken in what I believed to be Rotary’s involvement in the construction of the pavilion at Snow Park … although I have heard this claim in the past. Of course, Rotary and the SG Parks and Recreation Department go back a long way and have worked together amicably, but sometimes, facts and figures can be lost in our history. A good lesson for this writer is to “check my facts … then check them a second (or third time).” I passed this article around to a couple of members before submitting it (which is usually my routine) but no one questioned my claim. Parks guys? Where do I deliver my “humble pie”?

      Linda Sappington

      My question: Is that not a pavilion in the background of the featured image? If you would, please, call me and clarify I’ll gladly add clarification to the report.

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