Op-Ed: Shoreline PTA Council endorses Shoreline Proposition 1

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

At our September 23, 2019 General Membership Meeting, the Shoreline PTA Council 6.12 voted to endorse Shoreline Proposition 1. 

The proposed new Shoreline Aquatics, Recreation and Community Center, along with improvements at four area parks, is a strong investment in creating active gathering spaces for our families – including, notably, a fully accessible play area for people of all physical abilities.

 Our primary reason for support, however, is the inclusion of an eight-lane pool for recreational and competitive swimming and diving, along with a fully accessible viewing area.

The Shoreline School District currently does not have a long-term facility that can support the swim and dive teams from Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools. 

High school swimming is one of the very few non-cut sports that any student can join, including beginning swimmers, and this allows students from all backgrounds to participate in a sport during their high school career. 

Swim and dive team students and their families attended many city and school board meetings in the last year to advocate for the continuation of a sport that has created an especially tight-knit and inclusive community.

PTA supports the critical role physical activity plays in increasing physical and mental health in children and understands that fitness and engagement in physical activities are associated with not only greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning, but through team sports can also enhance a sense of belonging and self-confidence.

It is imperative that we build strong communities that include safe, inclusive and accessible parks and community centers.

Shoreline is in need of a long-term facility that can comfortably host regional swim meets, maximize participation of year-round swimmers and attract an increasingly diverse population into the swim community.  

Help ensure that high school swimming can continue in the Shoreline School District. Please support Proposition 1.

Silje Sodal and Amy Reed
Shoreline PTA Council 6.12


Joan Herrick,  October 17, 2019 at 9:13 AM  

Thank you for supporting this measure. I think the new ShARCC and park improvements will be a tremendous benefit for the youth of our community.

Anonymous,  October 17, 2019 at 1:50 PM  

Shoreline is in need of priorities that take into account existing residents, not just newer tech workers moving into Shoreline. Not all of us make a "poverty wage" to be eligible for property tax relief, but we don't make enough to be financially comfortable. I scraped and saved for years to buy my home, and my property taxes have doubled in the last few years. There are plenty of affordable buildings the city can buy or repurpose for a senior center. The existing pool still works and didn't the city spend several million $$$$ rehabbing it only a few years ago? Why should existing residents have to foot the bill for stuff we don't need? Make the developers pay for it!

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