GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN)—Geneva Mayor David Hayes along with two of his predecessors took part in an event that’s been two decades in the making.

Geneva Mayor David Hayes was accompanied by former mayors Karen Simmons and Frankie Lindsey.
The 10-acre site at Chapman Park is being transformed into a million-and-a-half dollar soccer complex.

It will include two standardized fields along with a concession complex. Currently, children in the city’s soccer recreation league must play the world’s most popular sport in the outfields of the high school’s baseball and softball fields.

Geneva Recreation Director Jay Stought says “We’ll be able to play regulation tournaments sometimes on the weekends. It’ll provide a home place for the 145, 150 kids that we currently have in soccer and it’s going to be a place for the high school boys team and girls team to play their home games. It’ll have regulation high school fields.”

With the new fields complete by next Spring, Geneva High School will begin boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. Mayor Hayes says the complex will be a premier venue for the sport in the tri-states.

Mayor Hayes says “We hope to be hosting some major tournaments down here once it’s completed. We hope to have a soccer complex second to none in this area.”

“Former Geneva Police Chief and Mayor Frankie Lindsey says getting a soccer complex built in the city of two rivers has been a goal of him and other former mayors for more than two decades.”

“Former” Mayor Frankie Lindsey says “We went to Eufaula and looked at their facilities and that’s where it started from and this is where we’re at right now.”

Former Mayor Karen Simmons says “the spirit has been great at the ballgames just cheering the kids on. We’re all kind of learning at the same time because we don’t know the rules. But, I think soccer is an excellent sport for all kinds of kids.”

Reporting in Geneva, Mike Gurspan WDHN news for the wiregrass.