Long time residents of Magnolia know that the North athletic field (North of the community center) has for decades, been without a restroom. The good news is that through the efforts of many people involved in youth athletics, this situation has changed. A new prefabricated restroom facility was installed last week, with finishing touches to be completed over the next two weeks. The concrete building was purchased by Magnolia Little League with financial contributions from Magnolia Soccer and Our Lady of Fatima, and then gifted to the city of Seattle. Seattle Parks and Rec then provided all site preparation and utility work. The restroom project has been in various stages of planning for nearly 5 years and involved past Magnolia Little league presidents Bill MacGeorge, Jim Bittner and most recently Keith Peterson, who with the help of their respective boards, raised funds and kept the project moving forward. The new facility will fill a long standing need, and serve the Magnolia for many years.
The installation of a new restroom is part of a bigger project that Magnolia Little League would like to see completed. About 15 years ago Parks and Rec. started a North field renovation that included work to address the field’s serious drainage problem. At that time, Parks installed a large drainage pipe that runs north and south down the length of this field, with the idea that at some point they were going to extend French drains across the field to collect rainwater. For various reasons, mostly financial, the drainage portion of the project was never completed so water simply collects on the field. The youth sports groups would like to see the drainage system completed, but unfortunately, it is beyond their financial capacity. Seattle Parks and Rec is aware of the difficult winter and spring field conditions and has encouraged the community to lobby the city for funding to complete the project.
Thanks to Bill MacGeorge for the information!