With J.M. Huber land not an option, Marble Falls in search of soccer field site
JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — A parcel of land that Marble Falls officials had mentioned as a possible site for a proposed soccer field is no longer an option, according to city hall and J.M. Huber Corp. officials.
The decision has no bearing on a Nov. 5 bond election to fund an adult soccer field as well as upgrades to “The Greens” youth soccer complex on Avenue K.
The bond wording does not call for a specific site, but simply asks Marble Falls residents to vote on $1 million for construction of an adult soccer field and improvements to the youth soccer complex.
“We are confident we can find alternate sites to serve those who love the sport,” said Robert Moss, the city parks and recreation director. “There are enough places in this city that can be turned into a soccer field.”
During a Sept. 9 city parks and recreation board meeting, Moss advised the board members that staff was considering Huber property near Second Street and avenues J and L as a possible location for an adult soccer field. But he added the decision to use the property rests in the hands of J.M. Huber Corp. officials.
On Sept. 10, Huber officials met with city staff about the property in question.
“They’re not willing to let loose of that particular property for a soccer field,” Moss said. “My understanding is they believe it’s valuable to them for their own uses. They’re not willing to give it up for other purposes.”
If voters approve the Nov. 5 bond, the creation of an adult field will come first because once it’s complete, Granite Country Youth Soccer Association games will be played there while improvements are made to The Greens.
Moss said there is other land across the city that could be used for an adult soccer field.
Along with the athletic fields bond, the city also is asking voters to consider approving funding for a $2.1 million aquatic center on a separate item.