Houses demolished to make way for new soccer field

Medford, Ore. — Kids Unlimited smashes their way into their way into an expansion. Wednesday they tore down the dwellings on Edwards and Niantic Street to clear the space for a new soccer and football field.

Kids Unlimited Executive Director Tom Cole said they bought the homes that had become a gathering place for drug users in hopes of replacing them to better the community.

“Even when we were doing demolition today, they were filled with heroin needles and dirty spoons,” Cole said. “These houses have been involved in police drug raids.”

A neighbor said she welcomes the change.

“I’m glad to get rid of the houses because there are a lot of kids around here and all those drugs around with the kids, that’s not good,” Robersa Maya said.

The new field is just one part of a $5-million expansion project that will also include the building of a new gymnasium, kitchen, medical facility, and classrooms. Cole hopes it will serve thousands.

“When you support different facets of family, it becomes so much more of a foundation for our community than just the kids in our school,” Cole said.

They hope to have the entire project complete by spring of next year, but still need to raise $2.5-million to complete it. If you want to donate click here.

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