The Dunwoody City Council recently approved the use of Pernoshal Park by the Chiefs Futbol Club for a youth soccer league kicking off next month.
Registration for the league for children ages 3 through 9 closes Aug. 6. The season begins Sept. 5 and continues through Nov. 13.
The council formally approved the request from the league at its July 11 meeting after a presentation at the June 13 meeting.
At the June 13 council meeting, Councilmember Doug Thompson praised the relationship between the city park and the youth sports program because there are so few athletic fields in Dunwoody.
“This is a great day for Dunwoody. This is the first step of many and where we needed to be headed,” he said.
Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker told the council in a memo that by working with the soccer league, the city would allow for youth athletes to stay in their home city rather than travel out of town to play soccer.
“We are very excited to offer more soccer opportunities in the city of Dunwoody and work with Dunwoody Parks & Recreation,” said Chiefs Futbol Club Director Neil McNab in a statement.
“This is a great step towards more community based soccer options and programs for the Dunwoody community.”
The Chiefs Futbol Club currently operates programs at Pleasantdale Park, Silverbacks Park, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Sagamore Hills Elementary School, Evansdale Elementary School, Laurel Ridge Elementary School, Annunciation Day School, and Hawthorne Elementary School in DeKalb County, according to Walker.
The recently completed park is approximately five acres and is the largest newly-built park created since the city’s incorporation. In addition to the multi-use trail, the park has a centralized pavilion/restroom facility, 162 parking spaces for park and trail users, passive and active open areas/fields for sports and basketball courts with a pickleball court overlay.