NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Minneapolis Parks Commissioner Vreeland Meets Latino Families at Green Central Gym

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Minneapolis Parks commissioner Scott Vreeland and Green Central Park director Marshall Wylie met with 70 soccer players and their parents on Easter, April 6, at Green Central indoor soccer.

Soccer families thanked commissioner Vreeland for  new soccer fields, including the artificial turf field at Stewart Park, and thanked park director Wylie for his support over several  years of the winter indoor soccer at Green Central gym.

Commissioner Vreeland tours Green Central gym indoor soccer

The families stressed the need for more soccer fields to accommodate the ever-growing numbers of young soccer players.  They said many of the outdoor soccer fields in south Minneapolis get very heavy use and can be hard to get onto.

The families also asked for more outdoor soccer fields and more outdoor soccer programming at Green Central Park.

Soccer skills clinic for 8 to 10 year olds, held at Green Central Park.  Parents emphasized the need for more programming like this and more outdoor soccer fields at Green Central park.

The families said that since the winter indoor soccer was started four years ago at Green Central gym, they have felt much more safe coming to the park.

Green Central park director Wylie told families of plans this summer for outdoor soccer fields at Green Central, and said he would provide support of outdoor soccer programs during the warm weather.

Green Central gym director Marshall Wylie outlines his summer soccer plans

Commissioner Vreeland announced an expansion of soccer fields in south Minneapolis, including at East Phillips Park and Elliot Park.  He also said that the gym at the rehabbed Phillips Community Center would  accommodate indoor soccer.

Soccer players applaud park official’s support of more soccer fields and programming

Every Sunday during the winter, nearly 500 soccer players play futsal at Green Central gym, and hundreds more family members come to cheer them on.  Most are from Minneapolis, a majority are from south Minneapolis. Green Central indoor soccer provides important recreation to families that are often not involved in traditonal park programming. The finals of the indoor soccer season will be played on Sunday, April 22, starting at 10:00 A.M.

Indoor soccer action at Green Central gym

Commissioner Vreeland inspects the razor-sharp haircut of this dedicated soccer player

Budding soccer superstar

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