Part of Bubble building stuck at Snoqualmie Pass

PORT ANGELES — Snow on Snoqualmie Pass has delayed the arrival of the one of the three trucks transporting The Bubble field house from New Jersey.

“We’ve just finishing unloading two of the three trucks,” James Schouten, chairman of Friends of the Field House, said Tuesday afternoon.

“The third one is waiting for the pass to open,” he added.

The 296-foot-long inflatable building is intended to house an indoor soccer field and tennis courts.

Friends of the Field House is preparing a comprehensive proposal for the building, which lacks a frame and instead is supported by continuous low-pressure air supplied by a blower.

Major aspects to be addressed in the proposal include where to locate the mammoth building and who would operate it.

Once completed, the proposal could go to the city’s parks and recreation oversight committee or to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission before being sent to the City Council, or a Clallam County board if a site outside the city is chosen, Schouten said.

The Clallam County Family YMCA board of directors recently voted to operate the building only if it were placed in the parking lot and grassy spot near Erickson Playfield, adjacent to the YMCA building at Third and Francis streets.

As far as what will happen when all of the structure finally arrives, Schouten said only, “It’s still moving forward.

“There’s nothing more to say except that we’ve received it, and it appears to be everything as promised.”

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