November 14, 2012
Last week I attended a meeting of various stakeholder groups in the county on the county's lack of space for sports fields.
The issue is a big one. Youth teams and adult rec sports teams are running out of places to play. Fields are being pushed into what amounts to year round use are are a mess. Other groups have turned to places not designed for their purpose, such as youth lacrosse playing at the Hood River Marina Green.
In a few hours the Hood river port commission will be meeting on whether or not to allow a recreational cable park in the Nichols boat basin.
Opponents to that idea have said it would limit the bulk of the basin to just one group and cut off public access.
So I have an idea: A floating sports complex.
If a tiny village in Thailand can make it work, I'm sure Hood River could.
Put some field turf on it, and it can be used for everything from soccer to lacrosse to baseball.
If you haven't stopped reading because you think the idea is bonkers, I'll go one up the crazy department.
Use the Port's Lot 1 area between Hood River and the Event Site to build a combined commercial/ affordable housing/affordable housing area.
Ok, that part probably would never work, and would go over as well as "The Homer"
The floating field would probably never fly...or, um, float... either, but in a county that's short on multi-purpose rec space, I'm just tossing out another thought to put on the pile.