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New parks and rec board member pushes for indoor youth soccer

Trisha Combs, a new member of the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board, gave a presentation to the group at their meeting yesterday, asking for support to start a sports association and get indoor youth soccer matches underway by next month.

Combs' proposal would bypass hiring a parks and recreation manager by forming a board made up of volunteers who would fill that role. Parks and recreation would still need a clerical staff, but that will already be needed by the city for handling rentals of the community center.

The key issue for Combs is forming an indoor soccer league to run from November until March. With the start of the season rapidly approaching, Combs asked the board for its consent for her to move forward with the proposal.

The board gave unanimous consent for Combs to continue working on the proposal, but could not vote on the issue due to a lack of a quorum of voting members.

Public Works Superintendent Shane Fisher said he's already been working with Combs and much more could be done within the framework she has set up. One consideration for the future would be to use lodging tax money or grants to build a soccer arena on the city-owned Monson property, bringing more people to Sunnyside for tournaments.

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