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October 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Bellevue parks levy

Keep them new

If you wonder how important the park levy is for Bellevue, think of these noteworthy parks in notable cities: Grant Park in Chicago, Forest Park in St Louis, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. These are well-designed, unique parks that are old. They look and feel old. In visiting, I have often thought what a beautiful place these parks must have been [“Bellevue Parks, Yes!,” editorial, Oct. 10].

Compare that to the Bellevue parks. Look at Kelsey Creek Farm: Here you have an old homestead farm with its animals and two barns, yet it is beautiful, clean and well-maintained.

The Bellevue parks are an extension of our backyards. They are where our kids play ball, where our families have picnics and where we often hold special events, like weddings.

The Bellevue parks levy will allow Bellevue to continue to maintain its parks as it has done over the past 50 years due to previous park levies. Our current park levy is running out. Without continued funding we’ll have limited maintenance and growth. We’ll find it hard to keep up the high standard of maintenance that we now expect, or to preserve the few green spaces left in our rapidly growing city.

— Lynne Robinson, Bellevue

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