ST. GEORGE – In partnership with three of Washington County’s four Rotary clubs, the City of St. George Parks and Recreation Division has now completed installation of the city’s first official, regulation concrete futsal court at J.C. Snow Park, 900 South 400 East in St. George.
A second court is scheduled for completion some time in 2015 to accommodate the growing interest in this popular sport described as “a variant of soccer played on a small field and generally indoors.”
Translated as “hall football” from the Portuguese futebol de salao, futsal originated in Brazil in the 1930s. Currently, St. George has a league of adult futsal players including eight teams of five players each. Annually, this enthusiastic group hosts an elimination tournament in June. Until now, players have had to use other sites, which they say, don’t adequately accommodate the game.
Approximately 150 rotarians unanimously supported a donation of more than $5,000 for the purchase and installation of nets and landscaping around the court, said Ken Sizemore, coordinator for the combined community service project by St. George Rotary, Red Rock Rotary and Dixie Sunrise Rotary, A portion of the donation came from each club’s coffers.
The balance came from a $65,000 Trails, Streams and Parks Grant provided to Utah Rotary District 5420 from the Sorensen Legacy Foundation which challenged all 47 Utah Rotary clubs to “identify a worthy project, develop a scope of work and a budget for completion, and implement the project before June 2013.”
This is the third project at Snow Park for members of the St. George Rotary Club, who partnered with the City of St. George in the creation of the extremely popular SK8 Park and construction of the pavilion, both funded in part by Rotary contributions and labor to complete the landscaping.
Rotary is an organization of professional men and women with 34,000+ clubs and 1.2+ million members. Rotary International focuses efforts on improving the health and welfare of underprivileged populations by providing water, education and health through projects administered by local Rotary clubs all over the world.
For more information about Rotary in the local community, including meeting times and locations, call 669-8020.
- For information about Rotary in Washington County, telephone 435-669-8020
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