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Indoor Soccer Use of Middle School Gym

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Indoor soccer, run by the City of Steamboat Springs, has been a long running winter tradition for the community. During the long winter months, the large soccer community is able to maintain ties and get together in a competitive environment. It has come to our attention that the Middle School has decided that it will no longer allow usage of the gym for indoor soccer. This has brought the very existence of indoor soccer into question. No suitable alternative gym is currently available for the purposes of the sport that many of us hold dear. It is concerning to many of us that a public entity that collects tax payer dollars is going to shut its doors to the use of a public facility. Many of us have supported recent bond issues to build new School District facilities to meet the vital needs of our local youth and the staff that make education possible. It is disconcerting to find that the support granted by the community is not reciprocated by the School District. Many of us that participate in indoor soccer were students at the Middle School over the decades, are parents of current District students, or are current students. The facilities owned by the School District provide great opportunities to the community as a whole to stay healthy, connected, and to maintain a direct connection to the schools that need all of our support. To think that a publicly owned facility, that a user group pays fees to occupy, will close its doors is disappointing. The Steamboat Springs soccer community is actively looking to participate in the construction of an indoor field house. Both public and private entities have been involved in the discussion, including the School District by way of Luke DeWolf. To destabilize the adult soccer community would potentially undermine a key user group in that effort. Please reconsider your decision to close your doors to indoor soccer. Help the community maintain a soccer presence through the long winter months. We will commit, as an entire user group, to treat the facilities with the respect that it deserves and to comport ourselves properly.

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