Berryville to apply for grant for soccer complex

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Berryville City Council has approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Tim McKinney to apply for an outdoor recreation matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for work on the Berryville Soccer Complex.

The council approved the resolution at its meeting Tuesday, June 2.

The funds would be used to put a playground area and outdoor lighting at the complex. If the application is approved, the city will have to follow several guidelines including keeping the facility clean and maintained, putting utility lines in the area underground, keeping the facility open to the public at all reasonable times of the day and year, and allowing facilities to be reserved for special events but not for exclusive use.

McKinney also announced that the Saunders Museum will open for the season on June 22, but the Berryville Community Center has not yet decided on a date to reopen.

“I know people are anxious to use the facility, but we’re going to err on the side of caution,” McKinney said. “With existing guidelines, we just can’t figure out a way it would work.”

He said the community center has been looking into software that would allow people to reserve a time online to use certain facilities rather than opening the doors to everyone at once.

“It’s going to have to be very controlled for a while,” McKinney said.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16.

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