Woodinville Field Of Dreams closer to reality
by Jeff Switzer
A dream that began somewhat like a drawing on the back of a napkin--that of a multi-use park in Woodinville--is actually approaching reality.
Community leaders and youth sports coaches have been working for more than a year to create what they are calling Woodinville's "Field of Dreams."
They are now working with hard and fast numbers for the proposed multi-use park, located on the eastern corner of Woodinville-Duvall Road and 171st Avenue NE, along with a strip of property on the west side of 171st.
The two parcels comprise approximately 60 acres.
Tentative plans are for baseball and soccer/football fields plus tennis and basketball courts on the site.
However, the 29-member Field of Dreams committee, made up of representatives from the Northshore Youth Soccer Association, Woodinville and Woodinville West Little Leagues and coaches, has yet to determine what number of fields will be where.
Committee member Dave Dupart, a coach as well as the real estate agent representing the two property owners, has informed the committee that those owners both want to sell. "It's looking very, very good," DuPart said.
The site recently underwent a wetlands delineation study to determine what areas are buildable for sports fields. As a result, the site plan graduated from a dream to a more concrete reality.
"We were very close with our estimations on how much space we were working with," said Jim Davis, committee member and chief of the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District.
Appraisal for the property was ordered by King County last week. Craig Larson, director of King County's Parks and Cultural Resources Department, said the process could take 30 to 45 days.
"We're happy to find out if there's an opportunity there to fund the park," Larson said. "This is a good group of people on this committee, really interested and dedicated."
Funding for the park could come in the form of a $200 million Parks and Recreation bond issue county officials are considering for fall of 1996. The bond would go towards parks in areas where the needs are greatest.
Committee members include: Jim Davis, Dave Dupart, Don Sirkin, Dan Perdue, Steve Jewitt, John Buswell, Norm Gies, Geoff and Diane Clayton, Bob Whitefield, Bernard Moore, Craig Larson, Joe Meneghini, Manny Ocampo, Clark Meek, Larry Stewart, Dave Shipway, Glenn Charvat, Jerry Fieser, Linda Petrin, Terry Young, Kim Turner, John Veentjeer, Peter Sandvig, Carol Edwards, Frank Baker, Bob Trubly, Terry Agnew, and Doug Hall.