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Apr, 2022

Call to Action! - Gig Harbor Sports Complex

Gig Harbor Little League Families, 

 

As we’re sure many of you know through your involvement with GHLL and/or other youth sports organizations in our community, we have a huge lack of all weather, lit turf fields - and to be honest a huge lack of youth athletic fields period - in Gig Harbor. 

 

This season, for the first time in history, our league had to set limits on how many players we could have in our program, all due to the shortage of fields available for our organization to rent to hold practices and play games on. 

We also had to turn away dozens of players who tried to register late because we did not have a spot for them. We were unable to add any additional teams, not because we couldn't find coaches to coach, but because there were no fields available for those additional teams to practice and play on. 

As our community continues to grow, we fear that moving forward we will be forced to turn away more and more kids in the future due to the lack of fields available for them to play on, as will the other youth sports organizations in our community - Harbor Soccer, Peninsula Youth Football, Gig Harbor Lacrosse etc.

 

As some of you may also know, in 2017 the Gig Harbor City Council approved plans and purchased the land for The Gig Harbor Sports Complex. The complex will be built on the existing GHLL fields, on the surrounding acreage, and next to the Tom Taylor YMCA. It will feature all-weather lit turf fields which will be utilized not only by GHLL, but by the many youth sports organizations in our community. Click here to see the city’s plans for the complex. Construction on the first phase of the project is slated to begin in 2023. 

 

But now, a group of residents from Gig Harbor North is petitioning the city to conduct extensive impact studies beyond those that are already slated to be conducted by the contractor. Click here to read an excellent article from Gig Harbor Now about it.  These additional studies will only serve to delay moving forward with the plans for the complex, potentially for years. 

Our call to action is for our GHLL families and coaches to email the City Council and Mayor at [email protected] and request that they stick to the plan, and in your own words share with the council your experiences with youth sports in Gig Harbor and how the lack of all weather lighted turf fields has impacted your family. 

Finally, we encourage you to follow Friends of Gig Harbor Parks on Facebook. The page is a great source of information about the plans for the sports complex and other parks in Gig Harbor. 
We'd like to leave you with this quote from their Facebook page:
"A group challenging the Sports Complex has formed at the Heron’s Key retirement community.  Is their agenda to study the project to death?  The group's spokesperson is quoted saying their priorities include…

“Trees, that’s a huge issue," and, "One of the reasons we want this holistic study to be done is that clear-cutting of trees is going to begin rather soon. The trees are vital for CO2 absorption, most particularly for wildlife because that area is so rich in wildlife. All you have to do is walk around that pond, which we do frequently, and see several varieties of ducks, herons, redwing blackbirds. It’s a rich wildlife area.”

Do they know kids can't play soccer in a forest?  Or can’t play football on a pond?  Or can’t play baseball on their 5-story tall 346,000 square foot retirement home on a clear cut site?   

Their spokesperson does say...

“What we don’t want to do is come across as being anti-family and anti-kid because that’s not the case at all,” she said. “We believe kids should have places to play. Children have to have sports. They need to play soccer. They need to play baseball. We don’t want to come across as being anti-sports, anti-children, anti-family, but we do want the city to be mindful and intentional about studying impacts before going ahead with the grand plan.”

However, their goals seem counter to all weather, turf lighted, youth athletic fields.

It’s time for supporters of youth sports and the Gig Harbor Sport Complex to rise up and let the community, City of Gig Harbor and elected officials know we expect them to STICK TO THE MASTERPLAN!  Spread the word.  We need to do this for the kids!”

We couldn't agree more! 

GHLL Executive Board 

 

 

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Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

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