ATS: Lacrosse Drawing Short Stick For Wellington Fields, Residents Claim

 

via the Palm Beach Post – thanks to Seth Green for the heads up on the article!  The article is written by PBP staff writer Kristina Webb and the picture comes from their article.

 

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Excerpt:

Demand from Wellington’s growing youth lacrosse community and other sports has spurred the village to move up work on a multi-million-dollar park project.

The village council voted this past week to shift $2.5 million from re-doing Wellington Community Park to creating open-play fields at Greenbriar Park on the southeast corner of Greenbriar Boulevard and Aero Club Drive.

The money is part of Wellington’s share of the 1-cent sales tax approved by Palm Beach County voters in 2016.

The village began collection of its portion of the tax on Jan. 1, 2016, so work can begin this year. Plans for Greenbriar Park — the former location of Wellington’s tree farm — include four multi-use fields, a concession area, restrooms and storm-water retention areas. The dog park and sand volleyball court will remain.

Wellington’s travel and club lacrosse leagues say there aren’t enough playing fields.

Ted Miloch, former president and coach of the Wellington Wolfpack lacrosse club, said lacrosse “has not gotten the same treatment such as other sports that have dedicated facilities,” pointing to the village’s acquatics facilities for tennis and aquatics and fields for football and soccer.

“Please, it’s time to treat lacrosse equally,” he said. “It’s time to give lacrosse access to field space.”

Miloch was one of several who complained that lacrosse teams were asked to leave village fields.

“I’m dumbfounded to know that my son can’t go to the local park and shoot the ball around,” said Ray Colaiacovo, who runs the Wellington-based Ninja Lacrosse travel program.

 

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