The Korean War Veterans Memorial controversy {Cityscape column, Style, Feb. 2} is only that because The Post, the Fine Arts Commission and the National Capital Planning Commission have made it so. The modifications made by Cooper-Lecky Associates were instituted by the comments made by these same two commissions in July 1989. This caused the winning design team from State College, Pa., to sue all the concerned parties. This lawsuit has created apprehension in these commission members' minds, and they are all now standing in the way of completion of one of the greatest memorials yet to be built on the Mall.

Now, after months of dedicated work and after several hundred thousands of dollars have been spent, we are told to go back to the drawing board. The public law establishing this memorial clearly dictated that all veterans who served would be honored, along with the KIAs, the MIAs and the POWs. The official design on the table does just that. The design put forth by the team from State College clearly did not do that. It never would have passed the review cycle.

This memorial should be built now while the 5.5 million living Korean War veterans, among whom I count myself, can still visit it and stand among the 38 statues, tall with pride to have served the cause of freedom. JAMES D. McKEVITT Washington

Reading the Cityscape column about yet another large memorial planned for the Mall area has forced me to write.

One of the finest experiences I ever had in Washington was visiting Potomac Park about five years ago on a Sunday afternoon. The many playing fields were filled to capacity with the most amazing mix of international teams that I could ever have dreamed existed in Washington. A Cuban baseball team was playing a Central American team; an Australian cricket team was at bat against a Caribbean team; everywhere we walked, field after field, a different sport, language, race and nationality was to be seen and heard. The fans and families sat at the sidelines with picnics and shared their delicious national foods with us. I felt this truly must be one of the finest institutions in Washington, this gathering for amiable contest by such diverse peoples. Do the planners of these "garden monuments" even know these games exist?

I would like to see fewer references to this area as "undeveloped parkland" and see its importance recognized, and improved only as is necessary. If need be, dress it up in the popular competition format for prestigious firms and call it the Playing Fields Peace Memorial, or the Playing Fields for Peace Between Nations. I challenge every person involved in the planning of these memorials to visit these games this spring and summer and to keep Washington a living city, not just another stop on the Tourmobile route. SUZANNE McINTIRE Arlington