As parents of children in youth sports, we would like to know where all of the candidates – school board, city council, and mayoral – stand on supporting youth sports and improving the facilities on which our children grow, play and compete.
Children participating in youth sports are more likely to experience improved health benefits, improved emotional and psychological health, improved academic performance and an improved sense of overall well-being. Sno-King is the local recreation, non-profit entity serving Edmonds. There are more than four thousand children playing youth sports within Sno-King alone and 90% are from the Edmonds School District. Enrollment continues to increase by double digits for flag football and soccer in just the last year. It is becoming more and more challenging to find field space especially when we spend so many hours in darkness in the Pacific Northwest.
We are NOT asking you to address crumb rubber in response to this letter as we understand the issues associated with that material. We welcome further research and alternative in-fill options if a moratorium on crumb rubber persists, as long as delays do not prohibit the ultimate goal of increased use.
The commitment we are requesting is to support our youth in Edmonds by enabling more hours of play. Will you as a candidate commit to partnering with local non-profits such as Sno-King Youth Club and parents to pursue tactics that help increase the utilization of our current fields such as lights and field maintenance, and build new fields in underutilized spaces?
Sno-King Youth Club Parent Committee for Field Improvement
Sarah Jones, Tim Schell, Tom Schappacher