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Delridge Gets A Facelift

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the West Seattle Soccer Club and DiskNW, is putting that classic movie premise to the test at West Seattle's Delridge Playfield, which recently received a $3 million upgrade.

The new field, which opened last month, has completely transformed the community playfield from one of the city's worst surfaces – an uneven, dirt/sand composite that would almost literally come apart in rainy weather – into one of its best, an all-weather turf field with new markings, new goals and additional fields for softball, baseball, lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee.

"This project has transformed a poor playing surface with limited utility into a first-rate athletic field that supports year-round, multi-sport recreation for all ages," says Bill Fry, the President of West Seattle Soccer Club. "The West Seattle Soccer Club is excited for our membership and our local soccer community, and for our youth soccer players in particular, because the new synthetic surface is much safer than the uneven sand surface, and it helps promote their development and enjoyment of our sport. Parks listened to the communities needs, and thanks to the levy funding and their stewardship, we have great field that promotes soccer, healthy lifestyles and civic pride."

Washington Youth Soccer 's Community Outreach Department were on hand to witness the official opening of the new field, on Mar. 12. After a performance by the Chief Sealth International High School drum line and speeches from acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams and City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, the stage was shared by WSSC President Bill Fry and William Bartram, the Executive Director of DiscNW, to acknowledge contributors to the project's successful completion and to thank supporters.

The Delridge Playfield was approved for renovation through by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, which allowed $3 million plus to be dedicated to this renewal. In addition to the new fields, a new lighting system will reduce use by 33 percent.

As part of the official opening ceremony, acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen threw out an opening Frisbee and soccer ball, respectively, as a symbol that the field was ready for play. Following the ceremony, local community members, youth and families joined West Seattle Soccer Club to play a jamboree game on the new, renovated field.

Washington Youth Soccer is excited about this opportunity for the High Point/Delridge neighborhoods, as this new field will provide the local community a great new location to come together and enjoy the sport of soccer!

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