Golf club superintendent helps with school field
July 3, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
If you seed it, they will come.
New grass grows on an L-shaped strip of land surrounding the southwest end of Snoqualmie’s Cascade View Elementary School, and so does the hope of a community to see children play baseball and soccer on it next fall.
Scott Phelps, a Cascade View parent and the superintendent at The Golf Club at Newcastle, offered a helping hand to help make the dream of the field a reality.
The field is owned by the Snoqualmie Valley School District and Little League organizations have been helping out with the work, Phelps said.
“We want to help create some field space for them and they are helping finance the remodel work out there,” he said.
Ray Wilson, principal of Cascade View Elementary School, sees the little blades of grass covering the once-bumpy, weedy dirt and smiles.
“It’s the best I’ve seen this field since I’ve been here,” Wilson said, who has been the principal of Cascade View for three years.
The field is almost entirely covered in green. While not pool-table smooth, it looks fresh, alive and well-tended. Wilson said there’s a reason for that — a big-time collaboration of members of community like Phelps, the school and the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association.
He also credited the Falls Little League of Snoqualmie and Fall City for their involvement.
“We re-seeded it, tried to fill out some of the holes,” Phelps said, “started adding some fertilizer, repaired the irrigation system where it needed to be repaired.”
The key for the field’s survival, Phelps and Wilson agreed, will be to get a continuous maintenance program in place so the field won’t fall into disrepair again.
“The PTSA is talking to some private contractors to do the maintenance on it, rather than have the school district do it,” Phelps said.
The group has received bids but has yet to pick one, he added.
The field is roped off right now, off-limits to the children in the school while the grass grows in.
It will double as a playground for the school and the community, Phelps said. Baseball and soccer may crowd the schedule, but kickball and Frisbee will also have a place.
“I understand there’s a field shortage here in the Snoqualmie Valley,” Phelps said. “So it will be good to have another field for all the kids to play on.”