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Kindergarteners plead to clean up Olympia
Teachers note: The idea of writing this letter came after a class discussion initiated by ORLA kindergarten students. The children brought up this topic on their own. They would like to challenge Olympia to do the purple bag challenge that is happening in some homeless camps in Seattle, offering trash pickup in homeless camps. They are worried about their future.
In their own words….
Dear City of Olympia:
We want no more trash from homeless people to litter the ground around our city. We know it will eventually travel to the ocean. It would be nice to pick up the trash even if it is not yours. We want to be Earth Day Superheroes.
If we don’t pick up the garbage, the problem will get bigger and bigger. We don’t want our drinking water to get contaminated. Pick up the trash or we could die and the animals could die. The litter is bad for the Earth and picking it up is good for the Earth. Litter can cause fish to die and become extinct. If the Earth gets too dirty animals and people can die and become extinct.
It also makes our city look very ugly. We could also get sick. It is dangerous for kids who might touch things that could make them sick. The flowers and plants can die too. We are kids and we have good ideas too.
Kaiser Woods Mountain Bike Park proposal poorly planned
As a resident of Westbrook Park which is directly adjacent to this proposed mountain bike facility, I question the handling of community involvement in the selection and development of Kaiser Woods for this purpose.
When the Olympia Parks and Recreation Department (OPARD) notified neighboring communities (Westbrook Park and Ken Lake) by postcard that such a facility was being planned, this notification was the first time we became aware of it. By that time, three different proposed designs of the park were already on the table. Apparently OPARD chose to ignore their traditional long-term park planning process of community input and instead hired a mountain bike enthusiast’s organization to design the park layout.
OPARD also seemed unaware of environmental and serious traffic safety concerns that were raised several years ago when a housing developer attempted to use the property for a large subdivision.
At a meeting held May 2 attended by Westbrook Park residents and bikers, it was readily apparent to both interest groups that OPARD had jumped the gun on this one.