It’s hard to imagine now that the space at 9th and Van Brunt used to be the headquarters of the Area Transportation Authority and its street cars which it later abandoned leaving an eyesore. What had been an overgrown wasteland has become athletic fields with a new artificial turf soccer field, two natural turf practice fields, stadium lighting, an amphitheater, event plaza, concession building with restrooms, paved parking lot, walking trail and professional landscaping.
“With civic projects there is a great opportunity to really impact the larger community around the site in a lot of different ways,” Kerry Newman, Principal at SFS Architecture told KMBZ. He said this project and others in underserved areas like it create “social gathering spaces where people can come together, build connections and share pride in their community.”
For 43 years SFS Architecture has been the go to firm for community investments that contribute to revitalizing neighborhoods and improving quality of life for residents. It was selected to design the redevelopment of 9th and Van Brunt by joining forces with community, city and federal partners that made the athletic complex possible. Roughly $2.6 million was invested in the site which included federal funds, money from the city’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to install high quality artificial turf.
“It’s extremely rewarding to work on projects that impact the lives of the people that directly live, work, play, learn and worship in the facilities,” said Newman.