First of two public forums on Ingersoll Stadium set for Wednesday

mwochnick@theolympian.comJuly 23, 2013 

Work crews sand-blast sections of Ingersoll Stadium last week while applying a layer of TrafficCoat material on other areas. The Olympia School District is hosting two forums to discuss access to the stadium, which has been the target of vandalism. PHOTOS BY STEVE BLOOM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian

Ingersoll Stadium, which has seen a rise of misuse and vandalism, is the subject of two public forums to collect ideas and discuss future access to the stadium. The first of two forums is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administration Center, 1113 Legion Way, S.E., Olympia. The next forum is Aug. 19 at the same time and location.

Olympia School District spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet said the district is considering eliminating the stadium’s current 24-hour unrestricted access. The area’s other two major stadiums -- Tumwater District Stadium and South Sound Stadium -- are locked when not in use by teams or approved groups.

Japhet wrote in a media advisory that the stadium has increasingly seen activity such as bike and motorcycle damage, graffiti, overnight camping, broken bottles and used drug paraphernalia. The stadium has been closed this summer as crew are working on a $400,000 renovation, which is expected to be completed next month.

-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer
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