Bellevue’s Park and Tree Committee has presented to the City Council a proposed schedule for O’Donnell Park that will, the committee hopes, reduce overuse of the park’s soccer fields and minimize parking congestion.
According to committee member John Kurtz, the committee created a schedule, with help from representatives for soccer and softball players, that would work for both sports and allow the youth soccer field to be closed for the season as reseeding and a fresh layer of topsoil is applied. During the season, the field would be reconfigured to fit in the outer area of the softball field or moved to fields at Bellevue Elementary School, if the school agrees.
The new schedule includes three days a week of softball—Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday—and four tournaments throughout the season and post-season. The season would begin in mid-May and end in mid-August. For the soccer fields, practices would be Wednesdays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, with games on Sundays through mid-August.
Kurtz said the committee recommends increased Bellevue Marshal’s Office presence during drop-off and pickup times for games or practices to reduce speeding in the area. The committee also recommended that when use permits are provided at the beginning of the season, a city official would go over the park rules and parking layout with coaches for dissemination to their players. The committee also suggested the city create better signs of how and where to park.
A recommendation for a change of fees will be presented by the committee at a future City Council meeting prior to the spring season.