10/10/2013 8:40:00 AM Vacant lot becomes sports field
St. Anthony School photo
Students huddled around St. Anthony PE teacher Julie Sieg.
TIGARD — Standing barely five feet tall, she walks with a quick gait and when leading a PE class, she looks like the pied piper with her middle school students following close behind.
This groups’ destination: “Sieg Stadium” – the name given to St. Anthony Parish’s lot across Grant Street from campus. For Julie Sieg, the school PE teacher of 25 years, the development and construction of the parish’s new community center meant the loss of the previous sports field at the corner of Grant and Johnson Streets.
“I was bummed about the loss of the field,” Sieg says.
When she first came to St. Anthony, PE was in the small cafeteria. Ten years ago, she moved into the new gymnasium behind the parish offices greatly expanding the repertoire of exercise, games and activities. Throughout her 25 years, during spring and fall, Sieg has had the luxury of taking PE classes to the sports field to play football, soccer, run the mile or one of a multitude of other outdoor games. Sieg has always been aware that the sports field would one day go away. But this past spring Karen Bolliger, the school principal, approached Julie with the “outside the box” idea of using the parish lot across Grant Street.
At that moment, flood gates of joy opened within Julie.
“I feel very blessed to have this space,” she says.
The neighbors surrounding Sieg Stadium have also welcomed Julie and her PE classes. The name “Sieg Stadium” refers not just to the P.E. teacher, but also to longtime pastor, not a relative, Father Les Sieg.