ST. JOHN | The Town Council recently took action to provide more youth recreation space.
The council approved a variance allowing Suncrest Christian Church at 10009 Parrish St. to construct an outside sports court. The action received a favorable recommendation of the St. John Board of Zoning Appeals.
Randy Parrish, church executive director, told the council the concrete pad will be used by the Suncrest student ministry basketball program.
Until recently, youths played 45 minutes of basketball between services on Sunday in the parking lot. However, increased attendance at Sunday worship services is opening up an opportunity for a Thursday night service.
The parking lot no longer will be available and the youngsters can’t practice basketball on Thursday nights.
“We’re not going to light or put up hoops. I’d like to see a picnic table out there. It’s a multi-use area,” Parrish said.
At the recommendation of Town Council President Michael Forbes, the council also approved spending $35,000 in park funds for Dyer Construction to create the fourth soccer field in The Gates of St. John subdivision.
In addition, the company will cut out a nearby parking lot that will be ready for topping.
Town Manager Steve Kil said the town will install drainage for the field.
The other three fields at The Gates of St. John are now being used for soccer and flag football.
“All the young ones are doing flag football. The parents prefer it to tackle football,” said Councilman Larry Bustamante.
Council Vice President Mark Barenie inquired about the quality of the soccer fields.
“They are better than average, not perfect,” said Kil.
Barenie recommended seeding the subdivision’s other three soccer field, which was added to the contract.