New futsal court to be added to Bethany Park, more to be installed around the city

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kids in Wyandotte County have more places to play soccer thanks to investments being made by Sporting Kansas City.

The first of four new futsal courts is at Bethany Park.

Futsal is a small-scale variation of soccer that can be played by kids of all ages and is popular across the globe.

As part of the development agreement with the Unified Government, Sporting Kansas City presented the idea of converting under-utilized tennis courts in Wyandotte County into the futsal courts, which are safe and more accessible ways for kids to play soccer. The conversion hasn't cost taxpayers a dime, and have already made the parks busier places.

"They were playing up there like it was soccer," said Roger Guess of the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department. "They played on the tennis courts like it was a soccer field. It's packed up there every day, every day during the summertime and during the evenings."

Originally Sporting pledged to build three grass soccer fields in KCK. But the use of futsal courts promises to help grow the game across a wider area. Eight parks will have futsal courts by the spring of next year.

The Unified Government says abandoned tennis courts now have become valuable recreation assets. Their will be a formal groundbreaking Monday to celebrate these new investments.

Four new futsal courts to be completed at:

Bethany Park, 11th & Central
Highland Park, S. 50th Street & Shawnee Drive
Westheight Park, Wood Ave. & N. 20th Street
Welborn Park, 2520 N 55th Street

Four more futsal courts will be built from the ground up and finished by Spring 2016 at:

Edwardsville
Harmon High School
John Garland Park
Vega Park