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Cold snap damages South Whidbey fields

The recent cold snap that left much of South Whidbey in freezing temperatures was partially responsible for damage to the soccer fields at the Sports Complex.

Doug Coutts, director of the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, reported at the commissioners’ meeting Dec. 17 that use of the field during the cold weather damaged the ground.

During the freezing weather, Coutts said he contacted several groups that use the fields and asked them to stay off until temperatures rose. He was concerned a group of soccer players may have played on the field because he did not have a way to contact them.

“I’m not looking for someone to take legal responsibility,” Coutts said. “I’m looking for a contact.”

Commissioner Joel Gerlach, the boys soccer varsity coach for South Whidbey High School, proposed a message board at the Sports Complex. That way, Gerlach said, all users could be informed.

“I could probably put up a billboard out there and people would walk right by it,” Coutts said.

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