Letters to the Editor

Olympia United Soccer Club supports city parks measure

The Olympia United Soccer Club Board has endorsed Proposition 1 establishing a Metropolitan Parks District.

Olympia United is a youth recreation soccer program serving over 1,000 children in the Olympia area. It promotes active play for kids in a safe, fun environment with a strong sportsmanship focus. We are funded by modest player registrations fees and offer scholarships to anyone in need. Olympia is a thriving soccer community.

Unfortunately, there are no suitable sports fields within Olympia to host home games for our 60 youth teams. Those teams play all of their games on fields outside of Olympia. We even struggle to find suitable practice fields in the community. Many of our parks and schools do not have fields that are in adequate condition for practices. For those that do, there is significant competition from other sports.

The OUSC Board is concerned that in the near future we may have to turn children away because we simply lack the fields to accommodate all of the teams.

For these reasons, the OUSC Board endorsed Prop. 1.