Boca Parks District Extends Agreement With FAU For Use of Soccer Fields

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The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District will have access to soccer fields on FAU’s campus for another 10 years.

The district and FAU agreed to extend a relationship that grants the district access to the fields for community use.

“I know the importance of the fields to not only soccer players but also their families and to the other residents of the community,” Commissioner Steven Engel said Monday.

The decade-long agreement extends the FAU-District partnership through 2030.

“The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District and the City of Boca Raton have always been tremendous partners to FAU athletics,” Florida Atlantic Athletic Director Brian White said. “We are thrilled to continue this partnership that supports youth sports in our community right here on campus.”

The soccer fields, located just west of the Glades Road entrance to campus, can be used for community sports on weekday evenings and weekend mornings. Permits are required for field use.

As part of Monday’s public District meeting, conducted via Zoom, several interested community members encouraged the District to formally adopt the negotiated contract.

Edwin Salazar has three children who play youth soccer on the FAU fields and he, too, plays in an adult league that uses the same field.

“Every year I look forward to being able to play on those FAU fields,” Salazar said during the meeting’s public comments.

The Soccer Association of Boca Raton (SABR) plays on the FAU fields and stands to be the biggest beneficiary of the extension. As Boca Raton continues to grow, these fields serve an important roll in community recreation.

“I’m happy that we were able to negotiate an extension on that because without these facilities a lot of our programs would be impacted as far as trying to shuffle fields around to meet their recreational needs,” Commissioner Bob Rollins said.