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Mulcahy Field construction delayed

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The construction of Mulcahy Field off Alta Street in Grass Valley – previously scheduled to begin this summer – will be delayed until next year.

The delay is due in part to the park’s design, which had to be altered after neighbors concerned about noise and traffic congestion, insisted a barbecue area be eliminated, city representatives say.

“We’re just refining what we do have,” said architect Robert Walker of Nevada City, a city consultant hired to draw the plans for the 12.7-acre park.



The plans show a full-size soccer field, basketball and tennis courts, a tot lot, a horseshoe pit, trails and other amenities. A 6-foot-tall sound wall will also be built.

Gretchen Barretta, chairwoman for the city’s parks and recreation commission, said elimination of the barbecue area was disappointing, but she understands he neighbors’ concerns.




“I’m hoping that with everybody’s input, that it will be a park that will be enjoyed by all,” she said.

Ed Sylvester of SCO Planning & Engineering of Grass Valley, a city-paid consultant, is studying ways to irrigate the park, which will be next to the water treatment plant.

The city could tie into a city domestic water line or a Nevada Irrigation District ditch that carries raw water, or pump water from its water treatment plant.

Gold Country Youth Soccer League’s players are among those expected to use the field. The group’s 1,500 members, ages 4 to 19, now use school fields in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and the south county. They also play on the soccer fields at Sierra College.

“There’s definitely a shortage of fields,” said Dan Kumetat, president of Gold Country Youth Soccer.

The $1.2 million park is being paid for in part with $677,000 in state grants and $50,000 in county parks mitigation fees.


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