In partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD), 4ATX, the charitable arm of Austin FC, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will be creating a new soccer mini-pitch for the Austin community at Wooldridge School Park.

Image of new sport court at Dove Springs striped for mini-pitch soccer

Above in an example of a mini-pitch at Dittmar District Park.

Background

The proposed soccer mini-pitch court (also called futsal) would be the second mini-pitch created in partnership with PARD and 4ATX after the one at Dove Springs. Wooldridge School Park was identified as a possible location due to its underutilized tennis courts. The tennis courts are on city parkland.

Project Description

The double tennis courts to be converted are in poor shape and underutilized. The transformation of one of the two tennis courts into a mini-pitch will provide a safe and exciting space for people to play soccer in this under-served and soccer passionate part of the city. This is also an exciting opportunity for the community to further connect with the community emphasis of the MLS team, Austin FC.

Overhead image of the site showing old tennis courts

Anticipated Schedule

Construction is anticipated to begin in September and be complete mid-October 2020.

Funding and Resources

Initial funding for construction and maintenance will be provided through Austin FC, 4ATX, Soccer Assist, along with other nonprofit foundations and grants. The property and maintenance will be maintained by PARD beyond the initial funding.

Community Engagement

Community engagement will begin in spring 2020 with online engagement and review of previous community conversations.

Contact Information

For more information, please email Christine Chute-Canul or call (512) 974-9515.