This is in response to the letter from Donn Lawrence regarding LBA Woods. I am not a “tree hugger” but I am on the side of considering many options before there is another huge build of homes in Olympia.
Can the infrastructure accommodate 450-plus more cars, water resources, already overcrowded schools? Are there sufficient job opportunities? The tax budget pie can only be sliced so many ways – parks are not the only planned future builds and necessary maintenance costs. There will always be taxes. Increased taxes can be a strain but may be necessary.
In 38 years, the environment surrounding our home has been compromised by the increase and speed of traffic on the roads and nearby builds in the southeast Olympia area. We do appreciate all who paid for the parks we have access to. Laughter and joy on the faces of children is one way of measuring the benefits of “money well spent.”
Is yet another massive build of homes the answer? I believe Olympians are ready to meet the needs of our current and future generation of families with homes and parks. I personally would like to see the home build placed on hold. If not, how about including a large park, paid for by the future home owners, maintained by both homeowners and the city, and accessible to all in our community like LBA, Yeager and other parks.