KC Current, Target, KC Parks, and U.S. Soccer Foundation to celebrate Grand Opening of new Mini-Pitch at Ashland Square Park

KC Current, Target, KC Parks, and U.S. Soccer Foundation to celebrate Grand Opening  of new Mini-Pitch at Ashland Square Park

KC Current players Kate Del Fava, CeCe Kizer, and Addisyn Merrick to participate in festival-style community event.

KC Current, Target, Kansas City Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will officially open a new mini-pitch at Ashland Square Park on July 15th at 3 p.m. The organizations teamed up to transform an under-used space at the park into a brand-new, state-of-the-art mini-pitch. This project is made possible through funding from KC Current and Target with support from Palmer Square Capital Investment, and builds on more than 100 mini-pitches the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Target have installed together since 2018.

Representatives from the city, KC Current, and U.S. Soccer Foundation will host the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by scrimmages on the pitch and a festival featuring other soccer activities, food, photo/autograph sessions, a DJ, and more.

The installation of the new mini-pitch also comes off the back of another exciting facility unveiling. The Kansas City Current officially opened the team’s new $18 million training complex in Riverside, Mo., the first purpose facility built specifically for a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team. The facility is focused on all aspects of player health including training (elite weight, cardio and recovery assets) and nutritional (high performance chef, locally-sourced menus).

This mini-pitch also marks the latest development in the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s It’s Everyone’s Game national movement to ensure children in underserved communities can enjoy the health and youth development benefits of the game. To date, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has installed more than 500 mini-pitches nationwide. The goal is to install 1,000 by 2026.


  • Mayor Quinton Lucas
  • Dani Welniak, Executive Director of Communications, Kansas City Current
  • KC Current player Kate Del Fava
  • KC Current player CeCe Kizer
  • KC Current player Addisyn Merrick
  • Ginny Ehrlich, Chief Revenue Officer, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Local youth speaker from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City


  • An official ‘first kick’ and soccer activities on the pitch with local youth coached by KC Current players
  • Other soccer activities and festival activations
  • Interview opportunities with partner representatives and local dignitaries

WHEN:            Friday, July 15, 2022 from 3-5 P.M.

WHERE:         Ashland Square Park, 4507 E 23rd St | Kansas City, MO 64127