Canton’s Harmon Field Park will get a new mini-pitch soccer field thanks in part to a $75,000 grant from the Atlanta United Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corp.
“Canton is proud to be part of this program with the Atlanta United Foundation, and we are especially excited to provide new recreational opportunities for our Hispanic community in the Sunnyside district,” Canton Mayor Bill Grant said.
“The timing of this award during Hispanic Heritage Month is a perfect example of community partnership and furthers our work on the Marietta Road Community Initiative.”
Canton-based Youth sports group, Cherokee Youth Foundation, and three other Georgia organizations in Austell, Bainbridge, and Brunswick, have received grants totaling $292,500 through GA 100, a campaign to create up to 100 mini-pitches across the state leading up to the 2026 World Cup.
“One of the main goals of Atlanta United Foundation is to bring soccer to communities that have no access to the sport,” Atlanta United Academy Coach and Associate Committee Member of the Atlanta United Foundation Rodrigo Rios said. “The GA 100 project allows us to create soccer-specific spaces where entire communities, from young kids to adults, from different walks of life, can enjoy the benefits of playing soccer. We are really happy to be part of a project that will include more people across the state in the sport.”
Atlanta United Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to lead installation of the first 20 mini-pitches across the state.
The mini-pitch fields, once built, will include field surface improvements, goals, fencing and lighting.