YAKIMA, WA — Years of need may finally be answered in the Yakima Valley as there is movement towards more soccer fields and perhaps even a complex that could resemble the Starfire Sports one in Tukwila.
goalWA.net has learned that people involved with Starfire have traveled to Yakima to entertain questions from both the Yakima and Union Gap City Councils. Further, Starfire architect firm Bruce Dees has also been involved, looking at land space at Ahtanum, now called Youth Activities Park, in Union Gap.
On November 16 the Yakima Herald reported: The city of Yakima’s voters spoke, the City Council listened and then responded by laying out spending priorities in favor of soccer fields and a municipal pool. The result may be more than just much-needed parks and recreation facilities, but also a means to economic development.
Back on June 19, 2014, KIMA TV posted: New soccer fields could be on the way to a park in Union Gap. A non-profit group wants to add ten outdoor soccer fields to Fullbright Park. The project could also include a 40,000 square foot indoor soccer facility. Sozo Sports estimates it would cost $3 million.
It is unclear so far if the cities of Yakima and Union Gap are officially combining efforts (if these are the same deals). Our sources say the two cities have been talking about soccer-related issues this year.
Sozo Sports has a website which details their plans for a Starfire-like facility in the area. However, these are NOT the same plans that are being worked on in the Union Gap park effort.
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