Sports Complex on Wheaton Way?

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The (old) Bremerton Junior High may become home to a sports complex to be used by Olympic College and city, with the street property being developed for businesses.

That’s the word on the streets about a plan that has been kicking around town recently. And on Thursday BSD Superintendent Bette Hyde sent out a letter inviting a select few to attend a meeting of the “Sports Complex Task Force” The group had meetings in April and earlier this month, and another is scheduled for June 18.

The group, which also includes the Public Facilities District and the Kitsap Family YMCA, is different from the “Bremerton School District Turf Steering Committee,” which is working to find ways to pay for the installation of artificial turf at Bremerton Memorial Stadium.

However, both issues came up for discussion at the Board of Director’s study session Thursday.

Part of what is driving the effort, is the desire for the district to make use of the property, for OC to get access to more athletic facilities and the city’s desire to move baseball/softball fields off waterfront parks.

During the board’s discussion, member DuWayne Boyd mentioned that the district would have to move carefully to not stray too far from its original mission, to educate children. He said if the district became too involved in providing athletic facilities for groups other than students it could jeopardize state funding.

Discussion has included talk about allowing businesses to develop the property on the Wheaton Way side. Right now there is plenty of empty retail space over there.

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