Regional athletic facility moves toward construction
July 1, 2014
The King County Council has approved an amended-use agreement with the Eastside Football Club on the construction of athletic fields at Preston Fields and Community Park.
“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, sponsor of the legislation and the member who represents the neighborhood, said in a news release. “I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be, too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”
In 2007, the council approved legislation authorizing a 40-year use agreement with the Eastside Football Club to develop and manage a soccer facility at Preston Athletic Fields.
Under terms of the agreement, EFC would develop two synthetic soccer fields, one natural grass soccer field, parking and related sitewide infrastructure. The county contributed funding for the project through the Community Partnerships and Grants program.
Since 2008, EFC has constructed and opened the two synthetic fields, but was not able to raise sufficient funds to construct the natural grass field. EFC has now raised enough for the third field, but wants to make it a synthetic field rather than a natural grass field. The adopted amendment will allow that.