HOULKA – After working toward the goal for five years, the Houlka football boosters took another large step toward the construction of a home field.
The boosters are using the results of fundraising efforts and partnering with the Town of New Houlka to make their dream come true.
At the March 5 meeting of the board of aldermen, the city board agreed to locate the new football field behind the existing baseball and softball fields in Ross Young Park. The fields will be used by Houlka Attendance Center for football games and can also be used for city recreational purposes.
“The boosters will handle the financial part but the field will belong to the town for Park and Rec,” said football coach Rob Allen. “It can be used for (youth and pee-wee) rec football, too.”
The boosters approved a quote from K-N-K Construction in Houston for dirt work which is expected to begin in the next two weeks.
Allen and Houlka Mayor Jimmy Kelly, along with Booster president Candy Baker and Park and Rec Director Brad Dobbs, all walked off the land together earlier in the spring.
“It’s a flat surface and it fits,” Allen said. “We believe this is the best place for it.”
Allen said the project will be completed in phases, with the construction of the field as priority one.
“The first step is getting the field crested and shaped and the culverts and drainage,” Allen said, adding the drainage work should benefit the existing fields as well.
The boosters also approved a quote from Mississippi Concrete in Amory for concrete sand to be added to the field prior to sodding.
The booster club, parents, players and residents of Houlka have all worked together for the past five years to raise money for and awareness of the need for a football field. The Wildcat team has used Charles Faulkner Field in Okolona for home games and will need to continue their partnership with the Chieftains until the construction process is complete. But Allen said the effort and determination are starting to pay off and the results are about to become visible.
“It’s all going to be worth it to see the boys play on their own field here in Houlka,” Allen said.