GREAT FALLS — The property next to Valley Community Bible Church on Flood Road in southwest Great Falls is now open land — but Foothills Community Christian School has big plans for a new sports complex and soccer field.
They want to organize sporting events not only for the school, but also for the community. It’s a big task totaling about $6 million to accomplish, but school officials say they have the backing to do it.
Foothills Director of Advancement Kerri Koteskey said there will be more than athletics at the complex and it will be something the school has been waiting for years.
“The athletic program has been studying the need for a facility for probably the last three or four years. When covid hit it really reinforced that we need to have our own facility. We have a great relationship with the School for the Deaf and Blind (who share gymnasiums for sports), and it works for both of us, but we’ve been looking at this for some time,” Koteskey said. “I helped with training this year and I don’t think we’ve spent a week in conversation with other teams or anyone in the community when there hasn’t been something that happened. came back to the usefulness of having this place not only for our school, but for the community.
The school has the green light from the city and has an approved permit to develop the complex. They plan to make it 16,100 square feet and have a capacity of 500 spectators for games and a maximum capacity of 1,200 people. The school will begin fundraising this year and are excited about what the school will offer the school and the community.
Foothills school principal David Culpepper said he was confident in the plan and was ready to start work on the project.
“We worked with the urban planning group. We thought it was a great experience for us and a chance for us to start letting the city know that there will be another place where people can participate in sports and athletics on this side of the river,” Culpepper said. “It will help families who have older students feel like they are in a place that has all the amenities they are looking for in school.”
Foothills hopes to have the soccer field completed by this fall and the indoor facility by fall 2024.