A long-awaited Hanover Park $2.5 million soccer facility will provide recreational opportunities for special needs athletes.
District officials decided to construct the $2.5 million box-shaped structure after the state approved $7.1 million in grants for DuPage County recreational improvements, providing about $1.87 million for the project. Bonds will be issued to cover the rest of the costs.
“Without it [the grants] we couldn’t build the building,” parks and recreation Director Jeff Acks was quoted as saying in Dailyherald.com. “It takes a lot of pressure off our financing to be able to do this.”
The building will accommodate games hosted by the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) which serve as qualifiers for Special Olympics tournaments.
NWSRA will also have an accessible gym for the southwest side of its service area. “The need for gym space is premium,” said NWSRA executive director Tracey Crawford.
Though the district has yet to hire an architectural firm, it plans to start construction next spring. The Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 board will hand over the site when the district secures the grant.