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Critical City Council Vote on Soccer Fields - April 9th, 2019

Amesbury Soccer Association Families and Supporters - we need your help!

On April 9th the City Council will be holding a vote on a bond proposal by the Mayor that will fund the design, engineering, permitting and construction of athletic fields at Woodsom Farm. This bond measure is our best hope at getting soccer fields built in Amesbury - as well as other fields for various sports.

As many of you know from first hand experience our field space is in very poor condition; the fields in such bad shape that ASA has paid for (at a loss) the rental of proper soccer fields from Amesbury Sports Park. We cannot keep doing that as it is very cost prohibitive in the long term, and does not address the need for safe, reliable fields for practicing.

The City recently paid for and completed an evaluation of athletic fields in Amesbury which noted many deficiencies. Information on that study can be found at https://www.amesburyma.gov/community-economic-development/pages/city-of-amesbury-athletic-fields-project.

In response to the need for investing in the youth of Amesbury the Mayor has proposed a significant field project at Woodsom Farm.  The project is proposed to be funded through both improvement funds and through a municipal bond.  The Mayor is requesting $1.5 Million in bonds to support the design, engineering permitting and construction of athletic fields at Woodsom Farm. It was estimated that taxpayer cost for funding this project would be $20 per household per year. The Municipal Council Finance Committee voted last week to advance the bond bill to the full council.

This is where we need your help. We need everyone reading this article to contact their City Councilor and declare your support for the bond proposal to build much needed soccer fields at Woodsom. Please reach out to your City Councilor to express your support of the Fields Bond by April 9th, and as a voter urge them to also support the bond. Remind them that this bond proposal is independent of any school project, which may or may not be approved by voters in November. Regardless of that school project, Amesbury needs safe soccer fields.

Please remember: Your vote is valuable! All the councilors are up for re-election this fall. You don’t need to argue data, or facts, or opinion. Simply stating that you, as a constituent, strongly support this bond is more than enough.  

Additional information on the Bond can be found at https://www.amesburyma.gov/city-council/pages/2019-016-order-appropriate-sum-of-funds-for-design-and-construction-of-athletic

As many of you know we have been working for 20 plus years to get safe fields build for our players.  This project is getting closer to reality but we need your assistance to make it a reality.

What you can do

 

Contact your City Councilor and tell them you support the Fields Bonds:

Matthew Einson At Large Councilor - President 978-388-4244
Joseph W. McMilleon At Large Councilor - Vice President  
Pamela L. Gilday District 1 Councilor 978-388-5452
Mary Louise Bartley District 2 Councilor 978-388-2423
Nick Wheeler District 4 Councilor  
Donna McClure At Large Councilor 617-512-4400
Steve Stanganelli At Large Councilor 978-388-0020
Rick Marggraf District 6 Councilor 603-305-1686
Mark Roccograndi At Large Councilor  


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Welcome to Amesbury Soccer Association

Amesbury Soccer Association (ASA) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing a fun, safe and healthy environment for boys and girls to enjoy in-town recreational and competitive travel soccer.

Amesbury Soccer Association
PO Box 388
Amesbury, MA 01913

Essex County Youth Soccer Association - ECYSA

For competitive travel teams, we compete in the ECYSA. Here are some helpful links to ECYSA resources:

ECYSA website

ECYSA game schedule

Field Conditions  

U10 Field (Amesbury Sports Park):
U10 field open
Field 7 (Amesbury Middle School):
G8/GP field open
Field 8 (Amesbury Sports Park):
G6 field open

Updated 7:30 am 4/13/2019


Fields for Kids

Amesbury Soccer Association (ASA) proposes a new strategy to realize a longstanding vision to improve soccer fields for the enjoyment of the town and visiting teams; the safety of the players, referees, coaches and families; and to preserve and protect the fields in our community.