ST. JOHN | Providing more youth recreation space was the focus of two recent actions by the St. John Town Council.
The council approved a variance allowing Suncrest Christian Church, 10009 Parrish St., to construct an outside sports court. The action received a favorable recommendation from the St. John Board of Zoning Appeals.
Randy Parish, church executive director, told council members the concrete pad will be used by youth, staff and others during three seasons.
One use will be for youth in grades seven through 12 to play basketball Thursday evenings during the spring and summer.
“We’re not going to light or put up hoops (in the outdoor space). I’d like to see a picnic table out there. It’s a multi-use area,” Parrish said.
Until recently, youth played basketball on Thursday evenings in the indoor multi-purpose area that serves as worship space, auditorium and recreational space. However, increased attendance at Sunday worship services is opening up an opportunity for a Thursday night service, church leaders said.
Those services begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
In a separate action, the council approved spending $35,000 in park funds to create the fourth soccer field in The Gates of St. John subdivision. This action came at the recommendation of Town Council President Michael Forbes.
In addition to the field, Dyer Construction Co. also will cut out a nearby parking lot that will be ready for topping, town officials said.
Town Manager Steve Kil said St. John 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.
Council Vice President Mark Barenie inquired about the quality of the soccer fields.
“They are better than average, not perfect,” said Kil.