Op-Ed: Shoreline PTA Council 6.12 urges Yes vote on Prop 1

Thursday, April 1, 2021

On April 27th, Shoreline residents will have an opportunity to approve critical legislation that would provide youth in our community, along with every resident, a chance to enjoy quality outdoor spaces.   

Spending time outdoors, enjoying nature and being active, is well established to be associated with greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning. The critical role that physical activity plays in increasing physical and mental health in children, however, is more important now than ever. 

Students have spent the last year learning remotely, sitting behind screens all day (and usually into the evening) for both school and socializing. Concerns with youth mental health are skyrocketing and our children are struggling to maintain social and community connections. Having accessible, inviting and quality outdoor spaces is critical to the health and well-being of everyone, but particularly so for our youth and particularly now. 

Shoreline Proposition 1 includes improvements at four neighborhood parks and land acquisition and improvements at three others, including creating an education center and children’s garden accessible to people of all physical abilities at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. Students and families would be thrilled with identified park enhancements such as playgrounds, splash-pads, multi-sports courts, trails, picnic shelters, improvements to play fields and a fully accessible play area for people of all physical abilities.

Students and families in Shoreline and our surrounding neighborhoods need places to gather in safe, healthy and active ways. Please vote YES for Shoreline Proposition 1!  

Amy Reed, Co-President
Heather Segars, Co-President
Shoreline PTA Council 6.12


Anonymous,  April 2, 2021 at 7:25 PM  

“This proposition authorizes the City to improve and/or construct City parks, including playgrounds, an accessible play area, splashpads, multi-sports courts, walking and sensory trails, picnic shelters, off-leash dog areas, sports fields and/or other park amenities; install public art; acquire and improve new park land; issue up to $38,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years“

We should use that money to build affordable housing and support people in need not build new parks. This is the true definition of privilege right here. So many people are homeless, struggling with addiction or without a job. Let’s help them out!

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