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New soccer fields make Blackie Chesher park biggest in El Paso

By: Stacey Welsh

EL PASO, Texas -- Two new soccer fields are open in Blackie Chesher Park after El Paso Water Utilities built them in exchange for another area of land in the park.

El Paso Parks and Recreation officials said there are maintenance workers at the park every day to make sure the new fields stay in top shape. They are also only open for games.

"If you open them up for practice, they just get worn down. When you have your games, you will be playing on the dirt," El Paso Sports Manager Paula Powell said.

Powell also said the new fields make this park the biggest in El Paso.

Many youth leagues play at Blackie Chesher park, and the players said the new fields help them play their best.

"We could score better goals and pass it better," youth league soccer player Omar Mora said.

Despite this, the fastest growing area of town could be outgrowing available soccer fields.

"Right now, we're at a shortage of fields based on the number of players that we have in both soccer and football. The more fields we have, the more places we have to play," Powell said.

The two new fields and a past project are a step in the right direction. The Ysleta Independent School District paid for a soccer field a couple of years ago in exchange for land to build a school.

"We've got a lot of teams here in El Paso, but we need more fields," east El Paso resident Cesar Lujan said.

Blackie Chesher Park also helps some teams play closer to home.

"The team is basically from the east side and from the Lower Valley. It's better because it's closer to us, and we don't have to travel all the way to the west side to play," soccer coach Juan Herrera said.



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