City of Reno Unveils New Field on Former Moana Ballpark Site
It has been a long time coming - the old Moana ballpark closed years ago and a new plan for it really hadn't taken off until the last few months.
Normally projects like the new "Richard L. Jay Fields" would go into the city's budget and be funded using tax dollars, but in this case, it's actually completely privately funded. And - the people behind it couldn't be more excited. "I can't even begin to tell you how excited. This happened 103 days ago, we started demolition on July 10th," says Richard Jay of NV Youth Soccer Association.
Now 200,000 square feet of sod cover the field. And at the end of March it will be ready for the 7,500 players in the Great Basin Youth Soccer League.
And it's all because of a group of donors from local businesses and organizations who were eager to see Moana Park get a real transformation.
They raised all the funds they needed in just about two months. "We have been so short on fields. This is really going to alleviate overcrowding at Depoali Middle School."
Now the next step is to finish the project on the other side of the park - turning the old Moana pool building into a new sports complex.