Phoenix Rising’s $2.5M proposal for youth soccer at vacant Scottsdale school creates tension

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Phoenix Rising FC.)

By Renata Cló | Arizona Republic

A Phoenix Rising proposal to develop a vacant school campus in south Scottsdale into two soccer fields for children and a space for the community to gather has some residents up in arms.

The professional United Soccer League club approached Scottsdale Unified School District last year with the intent to expand its existing programs that offer soccer programs for kids of all ages. Now, they have held six community meetings to gather input from neighbors in south Scottsdale about the project budgeted at $2.5 million.

Phoenix Rising would lease the vacant Tonalea Elementary School, at 68th and Oak streets, from the district and cover the costs to transform and maintain the site. School district taxpayers would not bear any of the responsibilities.

The school has sat vacant since 2014.

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