Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Even high school student Nick Steckler was surprised by the reactions of people when he suggested soccer fields be built near Sunnyside's Law and Justice Center. He found that he never had to convince anyone. The idea just immediately caught on.
Turning the empty lot that lies east of the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center into soccer fields just seems like the natural thing to do. I think the general consensus was, "why hasn't this been thought of before?"
Steckler's idea caught the attention of Sunnyside's Promise, a couple of soccer leagues and the city of Sunnyside. I think it's such a great idea that work should begin immediately.
Soccer fields just make sense in Sunnyside.
I see tons of soccer games at city parks or at elementary school fields on the weekends. A mini-complex of soccer fields would allow new leagues to be formed as well as allow the current ones a proper place to play.
If this project is done right I can see people from all over the Yakima Valley coming to Sunnyside for soccer tournaments and games. In turn, these people would purchase goods and services in Sunnyside. Considering how little it would actually cost to get these fields put in place, I think the return would be worth it.
What Steckler's idea has turned into is a plan for two soccer fields in the vacant lot. A parking area would also be included.
I would like to see some concessions stands, some restrooms and bleachers added if possible. If the project is done well enough the fields might even be able to be used for high school soccer playoffs. That would bring even more people here.
Whether the proposed fields do bring in any extra revenue for the city of Sunnyside really doesn't matter, I guess.
Just turning an ugly, eyesore of a lot into something green, and the fact that it will give Sunnyside's youth a place to play soccer is worth the effort in my book.
Good job, Nick.