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Minor football still seeking additional field

Looking at creating dual purpose baseball/football field
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Yorkton Minor Football numbers are growing creating a need for an additional field. (File Photo)
YORKTON - Yorkton Minor Football was back before the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday seeking an additional field to play on. 

The group had appeared in 2019, looking for a field approximately160 yards by 65 yards near Century Field to alleviate wear and tear on the main field. 

At that time, it was suggested the space that is adjacent to the Lions Ball Diamond by the Kinsmen Arena.  It could be a combined space used by baseball, football and lacrosse.  

Spokesperson Roby Sharpe said Monday a combination field is not unusual noting Brandon has one. He added it wouldn’t take a lot of work to turn it into a dual purpose facility. 

But as it stands now the need is not being met, said Sharpe. 

“In a nutshell we’ve just grown the amount of kids playing football, and we’re out of room,” he said. 

There are approximately 175 participants in minor football during the season in the various ages categories; Mighty Mites, Atoms, Pee Wees, Bantams and Lady Gridders. The football season runs from early August until mid-November, explained a letter circulated to Council Monday. 

“In 20-years we’ve grown to a substantial minor sport program in our city,” said Sharpe. 

The added numbers put pressure on existing fields, in particularly impacting Century Field. 

“The current fields are not enough space to run practices for all levels of football. One of the practice fields is shared with the school soccer program. Plus, Century Field is the game field – all levels of practices are very limited to using that space as the field conditions worsen drastically the more the field is used. The overuse kills the grass in various parts of the field – mainly right at center field – and this can lead to safety concerns for the players as the grass erodes and the dirt area gets extremely hard,” detailed the letter. 

Sharpe said by being before Council again, he hopes to kick start the project. 

“Our goal here today is to have it referred to budget,” he said. 

The request was filed and referred to City Administration.