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Category: Parks
August 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Seattle Prop. 1: More time needed before deciding Park District

Seattle’s Proposition 1 should not be the subject of a special election [“Is a Seattle Park District the best way to fund parks?” Opinion, July 12]. No urgency is apparent. Much further discussion is needed before voters approve a new independent taxing authority. Rejecting the proposition provides the necessary time. Seattle parks and the…

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: John Longfield, Proposition 1, Seattle Park District

July 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Seattle parks: Provide equal access for biking; don’t limit it under Prop. 1

Joel DeJong heads out from a section of woods in Cheasty Greenspace where volunteering Cleveland High School students helped clear away blackberry vines and English ivy. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

In response to Lynn Thompson’s article “Residents split on parkland bike trails” [Local News, July 27], I would argue that there is no division about mountain bicycling in Seattle parks. In fact, there is currently only one Seattle Park that allows mountain biking on trails — Seattle Colonnade Mountain Bike Park.

Meanwhile, Seattle has invested millions of dollars in

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club, mountain biking, parks

July 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Seattle Prop. 1: District would create unbridled board without accountability

I would like to voice my opinion on the proposed Seattle Park District [“Seattle’s Proposition 1 is not the last resort for parks,” Opinion, July 22]. In my opinion, this is a very bad idea that the voters should reject. I support and use Seattle parks, and I agree that they need help and…

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: parks, Seattle City Council, Seattle Park District

July 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Prop. 1 for a parks district: Not the right funding plan

A bicyclist rides around the north end of Green Lake Park early on a fall morning. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times was right in its editorial on the proposed Seattle Parks District [“The Times recommends to reject Prop. 1, Seattle’s Park District measure,” Opinion, July 8]. I, and many others, believe this is a bad choice, as I have said to the City Council.

I would be glad to vote for an increased levy over the mayor’s plan.

There will be other levies on the ballot. Many homeowners might not be able to

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Leonard Larson, Seattle City Council, Seattle Parks

March 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM

King County makes deal to buy development rights for 43,000 acres on White River

Move will benefit environment, but recreation comes at a price I am elated to read that King County is purchasing development rights to so much land in the White River area [“Scramble against sprawl saves 43,000 acres on White River,” page one, March 22]. This will undoubtedly be beneficial to the environment and the deer,…

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Comments | More in Environment, King County, Parks | Topics: White River

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Federal cabins: Sweetheart deals or a fight with bloated bureaucracy?

Cabin owners are stewards of federal land As described in The Times’ article, families on Reclamation land who have had simple cabins 50 or more years now stand to lose them due to the new fee increase [“Families getting pushed out of cherished cabins,” page one, Sept. 9]. Our experience with the Bureau of Reclamation is…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Economy, Environment, Families, Federal government, Housing market, Parks

September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cougars and pit bulls: How should we handle dangerous animals?

A cougar removed while dangerous pit bulls are ignored Did any one else see the dichotomy of these situations: A cougar living in its natural habitat, which happens to be near an urban area is hunted down, captured and moved to a more remote area because of the potential of the danger its presence presents [“Discovery…

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Comments | More in animals, courts, crime/justice, Environment, Parks, Pets

September 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle Center parking: Should a memorial get in the way of handicap access?

Loss of handicapped parking irrelevant in long run The Seattle Times story regarding the Seattle Center’s apparent disregard for disabled citizens [“Theatergoers protest plan to move disabled parking,” NWTuesday, Sept. 1] failed to put the whole situation in perspective. Part of the Seattle Center’s Century 21 Master Plan calls for the creation of new underground parking beneath…

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Comments | More in Disabilities, Museums, parking, Parks, Pedestrians, Seattle, Transportation

August 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Threatened animals: saving the pika and sharks

In energy bill, include funding to save pika, other species at risk The pika is but one of many animals that may become endangered due to changes brought about by global warming [“High-country icon in peril?” page one, Aug. 21]. Rising temperatures, changing rainfall and disrupted snowfall patterns are also impacting the Northwest’s salmon and native…

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Comments | More in animals, Climate change, Environment, Parks, water

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