The Clarence Soccer Club is proposing building a privately funded indoor soccer arena in Memorial Park.
The project’s cost is estimated at $1 million, but the town’s expense would be “minimal,” limited to maintaining the grounds around the outside of the facility, said Town Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr.
The Town Board plans to discuss the idea at its work session at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.
Memorial Park, at the intersection of Clarence Center and Kraus roads, is home to several outdoor soccer fields.
Specifics about the proposed indoor facility, such as where in the park it would be located, have not been announced.
Hartzell drew a contrast with a proposal aired for building an ice arena next to Eastern Hills Mall. The town had been asked to play a role in that project.
“It’s not like the hockey rink that the town has to bond,” Hartzell said. “It costs the town virtually nothing.”
The soccer organization also has proposed buying the land required for the facility from the town at fair-market value, he said.
The indoor arena would provide an in-town alternative for parents who now drive their kids to soccer facilities like Epic Center in Lancaster, Sahlen Sports Park in Elma or Sportsplex in North Tonawanda.
The Clarence Soccer Club describes itself as the largest youth organization in the town, with about 2,000 participants.
Soccer club leaders could not be reached to comment Monday.