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Soccer Group Proposes Complex Of Playing Fields Near Plantes Ferry

A plan to build a 35-acre youth soccer complex in the Valley will get a hearing Thursday.

The Spokane County Parks Advisory Committee will meet to hear a proposal from the Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association to develop 15 soccer fields on Black’s Tree Plantation, just east of Plantes Ferry Park.

The meeting is to start at 6:30 p.m. at Trent Elementary School.

The advisory committee will be listening for comment from neighbors and park users.

The proposal is for a youth soccer program, without night games or lights. Soccer association president George Skidmore said he hopes neighbors will feel comfortable with the plans.

The group has nearly 3,000 players now and expects as many as 5,000 in five years, Skidmore said.

Soccer practices currently go on at every possible field in the Valley. A central facility will ease the driving chores for parents with more than one player.

It also would allow for soccer tournaments, bringing out-of-town revenue in for Valley businesses, Skidmore pointed out.

This is the second plan developed for the property since 1991, when the county bought the 70 acres for $280,000.

The county created a master plan for a regional sports complex at the site, said Wyn Birkenthal, head of the county parks department. But money for the project never was found.

About three months ago, the county asked non-profit groups for bids to develop the property for recreation.

The soccer association responded.

Here is how the soccer association’s plan would work:

The soccer group would lease the property in exchange for developing it with a combination of private and state money. The group would maintain the property.

For construction, the soccer group intends to raise $300,000 and obtain the same amount from state recreation funds.

If state money is unavailable, construction would be done in phases.

Plans do not include lights or night games, Brumback said.

Only half the 70 acres is to be developed for soccer fields. The remainder would be available for river access or other park facilities.

The proposal also would require approval from the county commissioners.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Map: Proposed soccer facility

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