King County Journal reporter Noel S. Brady wrote an article today covering the lawsuit over King County's proposal to give the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association (LWYSA) a long term concession agreement for 60 Acres South.
The King County Journal reports that King County and the LWYSA have proposed that the Seattle Area Soaring Society (SASS) will be able to use the field whenever soccer isn't in season. In fact, according to Kevin Brown, director of King County Parks, the proposed concession agreement will allow the LWYSA to rent the field all year round. And that is just what they plan to do. In fact, King County and the LWYSA propose to turn the eastern third of 60 Acres South, which is a wetland, into a parking lot. When we first met with LWYSA officials Curt Bateman and Joel Hussey over a year ago, they made it clear that the primary reason for acquiring 60 Acres South is to hold "bigger events". Don't be fooled by all the talk about plenty of access for drop-in passive users when the field isn't in use. IT WILL BE IN USE ALL THE TIME, FOR SOCCER DURING THE SUMMER, AND FOR OTHER EVENTS AND SPORTS LEAGUES THE REST OF THE YEAR.
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