Letter to the Editor: A neighborhood park is a precious commodity

Friday, October 18, 2019

To the Editor:

Last Saturday a group of teens seeking community service credit set out to hang leaflets on the front doors of residences surrounding the four parks that will be improved if we pass Prop 1.

The neighborhoods these parks serve deserve the upgrades - safer play equipment, permanent rest rooms, walking trails, splash pads, and other benefits that will bring value to Ballinger, Hillwood, Briarcrest residents and to the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center which serves people from all over Shoreline.

Neighborhood parks are assets for families with children, folks with dogs, and friends who care to stroll while chatting. Parks draw us outside, even during the so-called "great dark," for fresh air, a brisk walk, or intense play.

When my grandsons were young we often walked down to the "Hundred Acre Wood" (Boeing Creek Park) to romp through the woods, cross the creek, escape danger, and find our way to Shoreview Park where the boys could swing, climb, roll down the hill, or chase a ball.

The boys eventually outgrew adventures with Grandma, but I will always hold the memories dear to my heart. I wish such an experience for anyone who loves the company of children and is willing to lose themselves in imagination and play.

A neighborhood park is a precious commodity. Don't deny our fellow residents the opportunity to have a great safe place to play within walking distance of home. Vote YES on Prop 1.

Robin McClelland
Shoreline



2 comments:

Anonymous,  October 18, 2019 at 2:24 AM  

VOTE NO ON PROP 1!! I'm sorry, but nobody is denying anyone anything. How about you don't deny my family and my neighbors the ability to afford property taxes without it majorly creating a financial burden on my family for the next 20 years because a stupid pool facility levy was packaged with a parks levy. The council knows full well if they put forth the parks levy by itself it would have had no problem being approved by voters.

Anonymous,  October 18, 2019 at 10:32 PM  

Please don't try and guilt us into spending 80+ million on a pool because minimal park funding was thrown into the levy. We're not dumb. There could have been a pool levy and a parks levy, but the city rolled it into one to guilt us into voting for it. We need to be smart with our tax money, and I'd rather spend that money on city run affordable housing than a darn pool.
Vote NO on Prop 1

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