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RE: Mike Smithers pool
By Paul Hovik


January 24, 2011
Monday PM

I agree with the idea of using the current Mike Smithers Pool Building for recreation, and that it should be a multi-purpose facility. I think the best configuration would be an indoor soccer facility - deck over the pool, put "hockey style" board and plexiglass in with rounded corners, and inset goals - just like an actual indoor soccer arena. The "pitch" would be artificial turf, and would include the area of the current main pool.

The weight area could stay, as could perhaps the warm-down pool for seniors and tots (suspend a lower ceiling and vent the moisture). A grandstand could be provided, separating the weight lifting area from the soccer pitch.

Multi-purposes could include field hockey, baseball practice, golf putting, frisbee, etc.

But Ketchikan Youth Soccer League services many hundreds of kids, who are constantly competing for gym space. This would solve that. Go Soccer!!

Paul Hovik
Ketchikan, AK

About: "32 year resident, former KYSL Board Member and Coach, father of three soccer players, avid futboler"

Received January 22, 2010 - Published January 24, 2011


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