Indiana’s newest public futsal court has found its home within Collett Park in Terre Haute thanks to the efforts of residents and partners. The court officially opened on August 6 and has already hosted plenty of action.
Ann Welch first brought the idea for the futsal court to the table in 2018. Formerly an underutilized tennis court, Welch could visualize the potential for the space from her home just across the street. While serving as the president of the Collett Park Neighborhood Association, she sought out partners for the project and quickly found support from numerous groups.
“We are so grateful for the support from our community,” said Welch. “This court provides an opportunity to beautify the park with a revitalized court and promote activity for all ages.”
Support for the project came from partners such as The Oakley Foundation, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, United Way, Union Health Group, and the Collett Park Neighborhood Association.
After getting renovation assistance from the Terre Haute Parks Department and the City of Terre Haute, the roots were set and the project quickly blossomed into a success. A special partner was also found in the Latina’s Welding Guild. The nonprofit, based out of Indianapolis, is a longtime partner of Indiana Futsal and has constructed goals for numerous public courts around the state.
"Working with Indiana Futsal has been a rewarding experience in many ways,” said Consuelo Lockhart, executive director of the Latina’s Welding Guild. “Our students and graduates get to see a real world project go out into the community. There's also a soft spot we all have for supporting kids who count on futsal as a career opportunity, outlet, or escape - they could resemble some of our own kids or kids we know."
At the grand opening, local players from Vigo County Youth Soccer Association, their families, and citizens gathered to celebrate the new space. Multiple groups have already begun playing regularly at the court, noted Welch. The public court will provide countless opportunities for diverse groups to play and build relationships. In addition, court users can expect some exciting events to take place around the space in the future.