SAN JOSE (KCBS)—An anonymous donor gave $4 million to city of San Jose to build soccer fields in Almaden Valley at the Allen at Steinbeck School.

It’s the largest private donation that the city has ever received. The donor requested not to be indentified—at least for now.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“That’s incredible that someone would step up and give us four million bucks to build soccer fields in Almaden. We’ve been trying to build these fields for a long time,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

“We have a little bit of city money but not nearly enough to do the project. This will allow us to complete the project and get soccer fields for all those kids who play soccer in Almaden. There’s a lot of them.”

Councilwoman Nancy Pyle, who represents Almaden Valley, said that currently there are not enough soccer fields to meet the demand.

“They have to pay to play on the fields because we don’t have enough for everybody. This is a great start but I think this is going to make a big difference in a lot of kid’s lives,” she said.

The construction of the two full-size artificial soccer fields – along with lights, parking lot and bathrooms – should be completed sometime next year when the name of the anonymous donor will be revealed.

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