By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

Construction on a new soccer field behind Kalmiopsis Elementary School is nearing completion and should be ready for action in the fall.

andquot;It's about 99 percent completed,andquot; Daryn Farmer said. andquot;It will be neat for the community and it will give soccer a new home.andquot;

The new fields will be the home to the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' and girls' soccer teams for the 2008 season.

Along with a full-size (55 feet by 110 feet) playing field, there will also be a 50-by-100 practice field parallel to the main field.

The two fields will also be shared by the Brookings-Harbor Soccer League (BHSL), who are paying $15,000 for a sprinkler system to keep the fields green and playable year round.

For the younger kids, the two large fields can be divided in half and used as four small fields.

andquot;We will actually pick up a lot of field space and relieve pressure from the high school and Azalea Park,andquot; Farmer said.

The project began last fall, but work on leveling out the surface had to be postponed until the area dried out.

andquot;We got started and then it started to rain and we got stuck waiting,andquot; Farmer said. andquot;The weather was the biggest thing we were waiting for.andquot;

Now that the rains have ceased and the sun is a more prominent fixture, the final stages of the project have been undertaken.

Tidewater Contractors - who donated all their time, labor and equipment for the project - finished the grating of the surface, and installment of the sprinkler system is currently underway.

The final step will be to seed the field with a special grass that does well in coastal climates.

Flora Pacifica donated dirt and compost for the project and Gary Strong also donated topsoil.

Along with the labor donated from Tidewater, the Booster Club and BHSL also donated to the project.

andquot;This has definitely been a community project,andquot; Farmer said.

Although the project is almost completed, donations are still needed to finish paying for the grass seeding and sponsors are also needed for the scoreboards.

To donate to the soccer field project, call Farmer at (541) 469-7431.