Coaches, leaders voice support for playfields

A number of Sequim-area coaches, league presidents and leaders have come out in support of the city of Sequim's water reclamation site playfields.

"Multi-use playfields are a smart investment in the health of our children, families and community."
- Ken Garling, president, Sequim Junior Soccer

"Multiple teams are constantly tripping over each other in an attempt to squeeze on the school fields that really need a rest. The Sequim community playfields project will be huge in mitigating the overuse of the school facilities."
- Dave Brasher, Sequim High School soccer coach and Sequim Junior Soccer board member

"We are a rural area that does not provide plentiful options for recreation and entertainment for our youngest citizens and family oriented outdoor activities. Childhood obesity is on the rise and affordable options for recreation would greatly improve the health and well-being of our community."
- Bob Schilling, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula executive director

"Law enforcement agencies have long recognized the benefits of strong after-school sports programs that engage local youth in supervised, competitive and recreational activities ... Additional multiuse playfields would be a vital, long-term resource."
- Robert L. Spinks, chief of police

"The project is a win-win for the community in that it provides for a beneficial use and demonstration of the city of Sequim's reclaimed sewage water and it provides much-needed recreational opportunities for area youth."
- Joe Holtrop, district manager, Clallam Conservation District

"As a community we desperately need to invest in our health, and this project can help get people off of their couches and out getting some physical exercise."
- E. Michael McAleer, president of Citizens for Sequim Schools

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