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Letter: Vote Yes on Prop 2 and Help Save Kirkland's Treasures

Kirkland resident and business owner Bill Schultheis urges citizens to approve the parks levy on Nov. 6.

 

Dear Editor,

I’m voting Yes! For Great Kirkland Parks on November 6th – City of Kirkland Proposition No. 2.  I have lived and owned a business in Kirkland for 12 years.  As a resident I use and value Kirkland’s spectacular parks, trails, and open spaces.  As a local owner of a business I have deepened my connection to the community and understand how important the City’s parks system has played in our quality of life. 

My office is located across the street from Juanita Bay Park, an oasis of wildlife habitat, forests, and open spaces.  It is an important reason our business is located here.  I’m reminded everyday looking out at this Kirkland treasure that our community has acted wisely and with vision to save these wonderful places for all of us to enjoy.  In fact, time and time again local residents have invested in its parks system when the need arose.

Due to the economic downturn, our parks have experienced significant reductions in maintenance staffing and needed capital improvements.  It’s now our turn to help maintain, renovate, and enhance Kirkland’s parks and natural areas.  Our parks system is inextricably linked to Kirkland’s identity, quality of life, and a source of great civic pride.  Let’s pass this important levy which is a product of significant citizen involvement and focuses on parks safety, maintenance and renovation, and getting a great start on the Cross Kirkland Trail.

Bill Schultheis, Kirkland

 
Robert L. Style October 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The writer's fear of parks not being paid for is not justified. The downturn in the economy still leaves Kirkland with $449 million dollar budget out of which is enough money to cover all the park expenditures listed in Prop 2 and Prop 1. What the writer should be affraid of an irresponsible Council that continues it's legacy of funding ther projects at the expense of our parks. Robert L. Style
Kirkland parent October 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I totally AGREE! The city Council is DESTROYING what makes the city of Kirland a place people want to visit and live in. ALL this new construction, stuffing two, three homes on a lot that used to be only for 1 home - clear cutting the established trees that made the neighbor attractive in the FIRST place, which then REMOVES everything that made the neighborhood attractive in the first place. The Council is MORE INTERESTED in gaining tax dollars and becoming a lLittle Bellevue, than PRESERVING what Kirkland is QUICKLY LOOSING!!!!
Greg Johnston (Editor) October 07, 2012 at 05:30 PM
But LW, those are development issues -- big ones, I agree. We've all seen the forest cover decline on Finn Hill over the years. But the parks levy is almost as a separate issue, isn't it? Some would say it's even a way to help mitigate the impact of all that development.
GBuhlman October 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Yes it is a separate issue. I think the city needs to do a better job explaining this to the residents or else Prop 2 may be doomed as the previous prop was which resulted in our parks losing garbage cans and bathrooms.
Kirkland parent October 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Thanks - I have to clarify - my point was, and I stated it poorly - it sounded better in my head - the the City of Kirkland has MORE interest in development than maintaining what we have.

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