A couple years go I wrote a letter to the editor concerning the sad state of the Mud Bay Park and Ride titled “Mud Bay park-ride turning into hellhole.” The day before you published the letter the Department of Transportation had a crew out cleaning up the site, restriping the parking area, cutting brush so the lot was visible from the road, and pruned trees that were blocking the area lights. The crew did a great job and my partner and I decided we would routinely pick up litter since we walk the William Cannon trail, daily.
The improvements resulted in a reduction of car break-ins, the amount of litter, and dumping of large items. About three months ago that changed. Someone abandoned a travel trailer filled with filth in the lot. I tried to get someone to do something. It seemed to always come back to the Olympic Region of DOT. People started breaking widows, tagging it with graffiti, ripping doors off and dumping garbage. The amount of litter we pick up has increased greatly and we have started to find hypodermic needles in the trash again.
I don’t understand why the head of the Olympic region allows this type of degradation to occur in a rural neighborhood and the head of a historical walking trial. They are going to have to deal with it eventually, so why not get it done right away? Why let things degrade until another embarrassing headline shames them into action. Shame on you DOT!