The Optimist Club of Gettysburg and the Blue Gray Soccer Tournament are joining together on May 26 and 27 in Gettysburg to support young soccer enthusiast  from several mid-Atlantic states.  More than 2000 young soccer players from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and New York, will converge upon Gettysburg this weekend for the first of two youth soccer tournaments this year in Gettysburg. Traditionally the tournaments occur on the weekends prior to Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.

Some of the more than 40 members of the Gettysburg Optimist Club will operate two parking venues adjacent to the soccer fields at Gettysburg College and James Gettys Elementary School on Biglerville Road. Don Davis, Optimist Club Soccer Parking Chairman, leads the local “Friends of Youth” in parking the more than 1000 cars that will bring the kids and their parents to the playing fields. “These two tournaments represent a significant portion of the more than $40,000.00 that the Optimist Club raises to support the 19 youth related programs in Gettysburg each year”, says Mark Cropp, Gettysburg Optimist Club President.

The parking areas are conveniently located next to the fields of play and afford parents the opportunity to park safely and conveniently.  Many parents have several youngsters participating in the tournament, often at different locations around Gettysburg.  One price permits them to park at either lot and come and go as their needs require throughout the day.

Both lots, located at the Adams County Historic Society property on Biglerville Road and the Gettysburg Construction Company building, will open at 7:00 am and continue to operate until 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The daily parking fee for use of both lots each day is $10.00 per car.