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Popular soccer field in Leon Valley closes again

A soccer field that's been shut down has left parents and children in Leon Valley in the dark.

LEON VALLEY – A soccer field that's been shut down has left parents and children in Leon Valley in the dark.

Due to an issue with FEMA, Deer Soccer Fields on Shadow Mist was shut down on January 20th. As a result, over 100 children and teenagers across the city don’t have a place to practice soccer.

“It's very disheartening that these young kids don't have anywhere to go. Most of the parents that bring their kids to our program pay about $150 a month,” said Monte Riley, co-owner of Deer Soccer Fields.

Riley said due to the start of a new creek project in the area, the field needs flood plain clearance from FEMA in order to stay open.

However, Riley is still waiting on that documentation.

“It could take one day. It could take two weeks, or it could take a year, “ added Riley.

There is also another issue. According to City of Leon Valley officials, the field’s temporary certificate of occupancy expired. Under the current code, it can't be extended for another 6 months.

Here is the full statement from Kelly Kuenstler, Leon Valley City Manager:

“The soccer field is currently closed down. The temporary certificate of occupancy expired on January 20, 2018. Under the current code, there is no provision for more than a 6 month extension. They had been operating under their 6 month extension; therefore, we are unable to grant another extension under the code. They do need flood plain clearance from FEMA in order to operate and it does not appear that they will receive this documentation for some time.

In the interim, we will continue to work on their building permit application in the meantime so that if/when the development is cleared by FEMA then they would be able to receive an approved building permit (if their application is complete & plans meet city code by then). Once approved by FEMA, a permit and a certificate of occupancy could be issued. “

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