The City of Reno showed off the new Richard L. Jay Park in a grand unveiling Tuesday at the site of the old Moana Ballpark.
"I can't even begin to tell you how excited [we are]," Richard Jay, of the Nevada Youth Soccer Association, said. "This happened 103 days ago. We started demolition on July 10."
The new field was named after Jay, in honor of the work he put in to make it happen.
200,000 square feet of sod cover the field now and at the end of March, it will be ready for the 7,500 players in the Great Basin Youth Soccer League.
The field was completely funded by donations from local businesses and organizations that were eager to see Moana Park get a real transformation. They raised all the funds they needed in just two months.
"We have been so short on fields," Jay said. "This is really going to alleviate overcrowding at Depoali Middle School."
The next step is to finish the project on the other side of the park, turning the site of the old Moana pool building into a new sports complex.
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