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Ripon OKS agreement for indoor soccer area
Youth frolic in the water play feature at Mistlin Sports Park where an indoor soccer arena is being built. - photo by Bulletin file photo

The proposed Mistlin indoor soccer arena promises to be a very nice project when all’s said and done.

That’s what Chad De Graaf of De Graaf Development said a Ripon City Council meeting earlier this month.

Elected leaders approved the site access and improvement agreement with the local contractor working with philanthropist and businessman Tony Mistlin on the 27,000-square-foot indoor sports complex at Mistlin Sports Park.

“We redesigned it to fit certain standards,” said De Graaf of the facility that would utilize the existing parking lot adjacent to the water play fountain on River Road.

Mayor Michael Restuccia, looking at a conceptual drawing of Mistlin Soccer Arena, added: “I think it looks great from the outside.”

Mistlin himself paved the way for the project back in December 2016, donating $2 million.

With the design having been completed, De Graaf noted the planned improvements consisting of restrooms; fire access / maintenance access road on the north side of the project; and landscaping / signage.

He also said that one feature to the indoor soccer arena would be retractable airflow doors on both sides to catch the outdoor breeze.

Once the construction begins moving forward, staff would then request proposals from either a private company or individual to handle the operation of the facility under a lease agreement with the City of Ripon.

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