Letter to the Editor: Capture the vision and support Prop 1

Saturday, October 26, 2019

To the Editor:

As discussion proceeds about Shoreline’s Proposition 1, it is unfortunate that some who are opposed appear to miss this: Shoreline emerged as a city without a city center. Creative efforts by city leadership have worked to rectify that issue, and the decision to both build and locate the proposed Aquatic, Recreation and Community Center between 175th and 185th is part of this vision.

It is also unfortunate that the envisioned facility is described as the product of a city “wish list” or described pejoratively as simply a “pool and recreation center.” Neither is accurate. While clearly replacing facilities that are beyond their functional age, it will truly be a community center providing broad services in addition to the recreational functions. The senior center certainly reflects this as do meeting rooms.

Not mentioned in the discussions is the opportunity it will provide for gallery space to show works of our local artists. The revenue generated from Shoreline’s 1% for the arts program will also generate significant public art in the adjoining park space, further adding beauty and cultural richness to our evolving Town Center.

I urge voters to capture the vision and support Proposition 1.

Bruce Amundson


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