Olympia School District cannot be trusted
It’s reality time regarding a biased and inaccurate article and letter about Ingersoll Stadium, which have recently appeared in The Olympian.
The neighbors around the stadium are NOT opposed to SCHOOL sports activities at Ingersoll Stadium.
Olympia School District is currently renting the stadium out 38 percent of the time to PRIVATE users though.
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The stadium is in an area zoned residential, unlike Tumwater, Lacey, and other school stadiums that are zoned commercial or mixed use.
OSD wants to increase the PRIVATE user groups which will turn Ingersoll into a commercial recreational facility against zoning ordinances.
OSD has ignored requests for a conditional use permit on a stadium that they are morphing into something way beyond the original intent of a high school football stadium.
OSD is manipulative in how they work around unhealthy decibel levels from the loudspeakers, refusing to put any restrictions on noise volumes into enforceable documents and methods.
Instead of assigning decibel limits on the sound system, they use a “trust us” approach.
OSD has taught neighbors not to trust them, however, as they often violate their own usage rules for the stadium.
Also, in a few years, when the synthetic turf wears out due to this increased private use, OSD will ask you, the taxpayers, for another quarter million dollar levy to resurface the synthetic turf because, until recently, they forgot to hold out the rental fee for the turf to save for resurfacing.
ZANDRA W. BROWN
Stadium sounds are joyous
I recently read the article regarding folks complaining about the use of Ingersoll Stadium and trying to reduce the usage of the stadium.
I am a lifetime resident of the neighborhood surrounding the stadium. I have never heard a complaint from any of my neighbors, nor from individuals I know living around the stadium, about the usage of the stadium.
I am interested in who Bob Jacobs and Bob Shirley represent. They certainly are far from a majority, yet they are pushing their views as if they are.
Back when I was in high school the field was rarely used as it was difficult to keep the grass up. Now that we have ponied up our tax dollars to make the stadium usable to more people, individuals want to take us back to the 1980s.
Hearing the sounds of Ingersoll Stadium is the sound of a healthy, vibrant community as well as the sound of active, healthy kids. Shall we send our kids back to their video games and the Internet, because a few didn’t realize there was a stadium in their backyard?
I would certainly miss the time that my kids and I spend over there taking in, and participating in, the different events and connecting with friends and neighbors.