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Ripon going ahead with building indoor rec soccer arena
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Ripon City Council members welcomed plans for an indoor soccer field to the Mistlin Sports Park last week.
They agreed last week on the donation by local businessman and philanthropist Tony Mistlin – along with the design plans by DeGraff Development Inc. – on construction of a 20,000 square foot facility equipped with indoor synthetic turf, bleachers, heating & air conditioning, restrooms and landscaping and ADA accessibility.
“Indoor soccer is very popular,” Councilman Jake Parks said. “I know the Manteca facility is very much in use.”
He’s hoping the one planned in Ripon will be able to rival that of Manteca’s Big League Dreams, given that it’ll be newer and with the latest amenities.
City Administrator Kevin Werner called indoor soccer “a much faster game” on a smaller-than-outdoor field with those playing using the walls to make passes.
Councilman Leo Zuber added: “If this works, it will get a lot of use.”
The proposed “Mislin Soccer Stadium” – the naming is part of the conditions of this donation – will come at no cost to the City of Ripon other than future maintenance along with replacing the synthetic turf at some point.
“Field turf can last anywhere from 10 to 12 years, depending on use,” said Recreation Director Kye Stevens.
The facility will be located west of the park’s western access road. It’s a parcel across from the exiting parking lot that’s not yet been annexed to the City and currently located within San Joaquin County. In order to move forward with the project prior to annexation, the City will be required to enter into an Out-of-Service Agreement with the Local Agency Foundation Commission and the county.
The City will also be responsible for administering the site review process, completing the environmental review, paying the habitat mitigation fees, and processing the Out of Service Area pact.
Staff will bring the plans back before council at a future meeting.

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