Des Moines residents, you may have noticed that aging spaces in a few metro parks have been rehabbed recently with new fencing, goal markings, lighting and benches. Well, say hello to futsal.
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Driving the news: Ten futsal "mini-pitch" systems are being added to Iowa parks this summer, most of which are in the Des Moines metro.
One in Evelyn K. Davis Park officially opened this week.
But what is it? Futsal is a scaled-down soccer game played in areas that are roughly the size of a basketball court.
State of play: DSM, Pleasant Hill and Clive have opened mini-pitches in recent weeks.
They're all being donated as part of a partnership with Pro Iowa. Each cost about $100K.
The intrigue: Pro Iowa is trying to make soccer more accessible and incorporate the sport into the daily lives of more Iowans, Kyle Davy of Pro Iowa told us.
It's tied with a plan to build a $60 million stadium in downtown DSM that could break ground next year.
What's ahead: More DSM metro areas are getting futsal courts in coming weeks, including Cheatom Park, Oakridge neighborhood and Hoover High School.
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