Nick McWilliams reporting – Dover officials are working to apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant for practice fields.

The proposal would see two brand new fields constructed near Walnut Street, where Krantz Berry Farm once operated.

The funds would not cover the entire cost of roughly $150,000 for construction of the fields, and requires a 25-percent match.

Interim Mayor Shane Gunnoe says that the city school district will also factor in when it comes to upkeep of the proposed fields, and Dover could potentially see very little direct cost.

“The school is committed to those irrigation costs and some basic maintenance. Lining, and things like that. The [Dover Soccer Association] has offered to go out and fundraise for a significant portion of the city’s share, if not all of the city’s share.”

Currently, a designated practice field does not exist for the middle and high school soccer teams, which leads to some conflict with practice schedules.

The field would not be used for games, and solely for training and practice purposes. There is a space utilized by youth soccer for practice beside the proposed space, but it is too small for use by other teams.

The application for the grant funding has a deadline of July 15th, and was passed on an emergency basis on first reading.

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