Letters to the Editor

Vote yes for Olympia parks Proposition 1

Olympia’s park system, a treasured community asset, needs assistance. We have fallen behind in both essential maintenance and acquisition of new park lands. If left unfunded, the maintenance backlog will result in park deterioration and possible closures; creation of new recreational spaces will not happen.

The Metropolitan Park District will provide a stable funding source to maintain our parks and build the new recreational lands we need now and into the future, to serve our growing population. Currently we are lacking athletic fields, and lag behind in our goal for parks and trails. Twenty-thousand new Olympians will arrive over the next 20 years, and we need these amenities for the future.

Waterfront parks are key to Olympia’s character. Preservation of Percival Landing, Heritage Fountain restoration, and the second phase of West Bay Park and development of West Bay trail have been identified in our city’s parks plan for years, but funding has not been available to implement these projects fully.

For almost a decade, Olympians have envisioned the expanded North Campus Heritage Park - a place to cherish our rich cultural and natural heritage. Imagine a Squaxin tribal museum, carousel, kayak launch, and Capitol Lake swimming, instead of the deteriorating Capitol Center and derelict isthmus buildings. The Olympia Metropolitan Park District funds are essential to propel these plans forward.

As an Olympia School Board member, I know that great schools and parks raise our property values. Please join in the strong Olympia tradition of supporting parks, and vote yes on Proposition 1.