The Encinitas Soccer League is urging its some 1,700 members to come to Wednesday night’s Encinitas City Council meeting to lobby for artificial turf and permanent field lighting at Leo Mullen Sports Park.
“It’s certainly a need,” league President Rick Lochner said Friday. “If you look at Carlsbad, they’ve got about a dozen (city-owned), lighted turf fields — we’ve got none.”
The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, which owns the Ecke Sports Park fields on Saxony Road, has recently indicated that it is considering eliminating one or more of those four fields as part of a future construction project. The soccer league uses those fields for Saturday games and nighttimepractice sessions. And, if the YMCA proceeds as planned, “we’re going to be in a world of hurt,” Lochner said.