Dream of field taking shape at Cascade View Elementary
June 13, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
If you seed it, they will come.
The grass grows on an L-shaped strip of land surrounding the southwest end of Cascade View Elementary School, and so does the hope of a community to see children play baseball and soccer on it next fall.
Ray Wilson, principal of Cascade View Elementary School sees the little blades of grass covering the once-bumpy, weedy dirt and smiles.
“It’s the best I’ve seen this field since I’ve been here,” he said. Wilson has been the principal of Cascade View for three years.
The field is almost entirely covered in green. While not pool-table smooth, it looks fresh, alive and well-tended. Wilson said there’s a reason for that:
“A big-time collaboration of the community, the school and the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association,“ he said. He also credited the Falls Little League of Snoqualmie and Fall City for their involvement.
Scott Phelps, a Cascade View parent and the head superintendent at a golf course in Newcastle, sounds as enthused as Wilson when talking about the work on the field.
“We re-seeded it, tried to fill out some of the holes,” he said. “Started adding some fertilizer, repaired the irrigation system where it needed to be repaired.”
The field is owned by the Snoqualmie Valley School District. All the Little League organizations have been helping out, Phelps said.
“We want to help create some field space for them and they are helping finance the remodel work out there,” he said
The key for the field’s survival, both Phelps and Wilson said, will be to get a continuous maintenance program in place so the field won’t fall into disrepair again.
“The PTSA is talking to some private contractors to do the maintenance on it, rather than have the school district do it,” Phelps said. The group has received bids but has yet to pick one, he added.
The field is roped off right now, off-limits to the children in the school while the grass grows in.
It will double as a playground for the school and the community, Phelps said. Baseball and soccer may crowd the schedule, but kickball and Frisbee will also have a place.
“I understand there’s a field shortage here in the Snoqualmie Valley,” Phelps said. “So it will be good to have another field for all the kids to play on.”
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org.