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May 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Mayor Mike McGinn challenged at mayoral election forum

McGinn deserves recognition for work on parks, infrastructure

Seattle incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn answers the question "In your opinion, what's the best run City Department?" during a lightning round of the Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seattle incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn answers the question: “In your opinion, what’s the best run City Department?” during a lightning round of the Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Mayor Mike McGinn has shown exemplary leadership in handling delicate issues at Magnuson Park. For this he deserves praise and acknowledgment.Your columnist enumerates some of the mayor’s easily won victories to mollify a blistering critique of his record [“Mayoral candidates jostle to take on the powerful interest,” Opinion, May 2]. It’s worth noting too that Mayor McGinn took responsibility for saving several historic buildings in Magnuson Park that were threatened by demolition and neglect.He delivered $7 million to renovate Building 30 for public space, offices and artists’ studios. He allocated $1 million to pluck the old fire station from the wrecking ball and stabilize it for development. With City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams, he pushed for a difficult renegotiation of the lease on Building 11, saving a beautiful waterfront building that is home to Sail Sand Point.

When keeping score of this mayoral term, please consider these public benefits, which parks users will enjoy for years to come.

Lynn Ferguson and Peggy Printz, Seattle

Comments | Topics: infrastructure, Magnuson Park, Mayor Mike McGinn

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