Yardley Makefield Soccer celebrates renovated turf field

The club recently held a grand opening for the turf field, installed at Macclesfield Park in Lower Makefield in 2007 and redone over a five-week period earlier this year.

Yardley Makefield Soccer officials say the refurbishment of a Macclesfield Park turf field is a score for young athletes.

The club recently held a grand opening for the turf field in Lower Makefield, where attendees joined together to form a human banner spelling out “YMS,” to be photographed from above by drone.

The turf field originally was installed in 2007, and Yardley Makefield Soccer funded the upgrade using roughly $500,000 it brought in from the two nationally recognized tournaments it hosts each year, the Columbus Cup in October and the EPIC Tournament in May, club representatives said.

Planning to upgrade the turf field began a few years ago, and construction took place earlier this year over a five-week period, said Steve Beede, Yardley Makefield Soccer’s president.

Beede said a key benefit to the turf field is that it will provide players a more durable surface on which to train than its grass counterparts in the park.

“When it gets muddy, it can wear those (grass) fields out and make them unplayable,” he said. “The turf field alleviates some of that for us by allowing us to put anywhere between 16 and 18 teams on the turf per day.”

Yardley Makefield Soccer allows local athletes ages 3 to 18 years old to participate in the sport and from year to year can involve between 45 and 50 teams for both its intramural and travel programs.