A synthetic turf field fit for a semiprofessional soccer team will soon take shape in west Omaha.
The City of Omaha will build an artificial turf field atop the current regulation-size grass soccer field at Tranquility Park this summer.
City Parks Director Brook Bench said he hopes it will be open and ready for fall youth soccer.
Someday, he said, the field could host larger groups — even a semiprofessional team.
“We would have the facilities to host something like that,” he said.
The City Council on Tuesday voted 7-0 to approve a $718,000 contract with Multicon Inc. to build the field at the park off 120th Street and West Maple Road.
About 90 percent of the project will be covered by fees paid by the Nebraska State Soccer Association, Bench said. The rest will come from parks bonds.
Mayor Jean Stothert told The World-Herald about plans for the project in February.
Soccer will be the primary sport played on the field; people could play football, lacrosse and other sports there, too.
Tranquility Park is already a sports destination with grass soccer fields, baseball fields and tennis courts.
Bench said the city will build a another smaller artificial turf soccer field at Miguel Keith Park in South Omaha this summer. A groundbreaking will take place in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday, the city will break ground on a synthetic turf ballfield and other renovations at Miller Park, off North 30th Street. The field is named in honor of Kerrie Orozco.