I understand the concern about commercial business encroachment onto designated farmland that Tom Quigley addresses in his letter to the editor of March 20. King County needs to step up and make a decision on this controversial issue.
I would like to point out that the City of Woodinville is also responsible for this problem. Commercial growth should be happening within the City of Woodinville as required by the State Growth Management Act.
Unfortunately, any commercial growth and development is limited at best.
The current mayor and City Council have a long and well-documented history of opposing commercial development.
The City Council asked the former city manager if the city could refuse to comply with the urban development requirements stipulated in the Growth Management Act. The former city manager pointed out the absurdity of this request.
The City Council has rejected proposals to develop the Old Woodinville School site.
The City Council has made it impossible to develop the proposed Woodinville Wine Village site located at the base of Hollywood Hill. That project is for sale again, making its completion indeterminate. Thousands of square feet of legally designated commercial, retail and residential space are left undeveloped indefinitely. The city also continues to lose opportunity for significant tax revenue, which could benefit our community.
If the City of Woodinville would work with – not against – developers and our business community, there would be more space for urban services our growing community requires. That would take pressure off encroachment onto county designated farmland.
Reed West, Woodinville
Everyone in my neighborhood knows I buy Girl Scout cookies from any young lady who knocks on my door or has a table set up outside the supermarket. They don’t even have to ask – I gravitate straight to them. Because I’m on a mission.
This year I bought over a dozen boxes of cookies, but I’m happy to say I did not gain a pound! Because I did not eat any of them. Zero. None. Was I tempted to try the new S’mores flavor? Goodness, yes! Did I want to bring Samoas home for my kids? Uh-huh! But no one in my household ate a single cookie, because I asked each Scout to please pick out their favorite type and send them directly to the Troops.
I don’t know when the Girl Scouts started this program, but I am so grateful it is still around. I remember when my son was deployed to Iraq, how much I wanted to send a part of home to him. What could be more American than Girl Scout cookies? (Apple pie wasn’t going to survive USPS transport). We tend to think of the troops at the holidays, which is wonderful because it is probably the most difficult time of the year to be away from family.
We do our patriotic duty and think of them on the 4th of July. But what do we do for them in between? Girl Scout cookie season is over, but you can still do your part to make a service member’s day just a little bit brighter. The VFW Hall in Redmond sends packages to Troops on the front line. How do they do this? Strictly with volunteers. Who do they need to keep making this possible? YOU!
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Cassandra Sage, Kirkland
I wanted to share something wonderful with the community. The city staff and Parks Commission have been working tirelessly for over a year now on a plan to transform DeYoung Park from an unused and unknown park, to a beautiful, playful, inviting space in the heart of Woodinville’s downtown. DeYoung Park was given to the city many years ago by the developer TRF in order to leave a space in the center of town for people to come together or pause and enjoy.
Across the street from Molbak’s, adjacent to the Big Fish Grill, part of the fabric of the city’s downtown shopping areas, and home to the Woodinville Farmers Market, DeYoung Park could be a place to gather, eat, sit, and appreciate the Douglas firs and gardens for the many people who not only pass through but for those few thousand people about to move into the downtown part of Woodinville (Woodin Creek Village). The residents of Brittany Park, the folks who work in our city, the families who eat in all of the great restaurants in downtown ... this park is for you.
I believe in community and the important role parks play in communities. The transformation of this park is one of the first steps the city will take to redevelop our downtown, with purposeful intent to cause community, civic pride and joy.
“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Elaine Cook, Woodinville City Council
I feel it is important for the community to know the Parks and Recreation Commission supports the transformation of DeYoung Park 4-1. Three design concepts ranging in cost were developed by Site Workshop, the consultant chosen to create a design concept for DeYoung Park. There are several reasons why the Commission felt investing in such a small park was the right decision. The Park is small; but, its location is both ideal and unique, in the heart of the downtown surrounded by retailers and lots of activity. I voted in favor of the transformation of this Park; because, this alternative achieves the goals expressed by the community through the public engagement process. Many expressed the importance of adding lighting, incorporating play, enhancing the existing tree canopy, and creating infrastructure that supports events; such as the Saturday Market. This alternative meets all of these objectives along with enhancing accessibility for all users and creating a warm and inviting unique gathering space for the community to relax and play. Revitalizing the park will benefit both the community and will support the businesses in the vicinity by drawing in people looking for places to shop, eat, relax and play outdoors. Investing in parks is an investment in the future of our community as well as the youth.
Julie Elsom, Woodinville Parks and Rec Vice Chair
Garbage Along Avondale
I was stopped in traffic on Avondale the other morning, so I thought to look around me instead of wondering how soon traffic would get moving again. It is getting light earlier and so I could see the majestic pines, and flowering trees with beautiful pink blossoms. Then I saw the garbage, and the longer I looked the more garbage I saw. I was shocked and dismayed to see how much garbage lines both sides of Avondale between Cottage Lake and 124th. Soda cans, beer cans, water bottles, fast food wrappers, cigarette boxes, miscellaneous paper, plastic, and scrap metal. You name it, it can be found along Avondale. And now that I have seen it, I can’t seem to un-see it.
I have never seen so much garbage along this stretch of road before – and it is obvious that no county or city agencies are doing any type of road maintenance here. Maybe there is no longer any money in the budget for this sort of service in outlying areas of King County.
Anyone from out of town who came in by this route would surely think they were approaching a city dump site, and it truly looks like Avondale is becoming a dumping ground. I’m sure that most people wouldn’t stand for having this sort of garbage in their front yards, and yet there doesn’t seem to be any concern that it lines the road leading into our neighborhoods.
There is a lot of talk about ‘making this country great again’. However, greatness starts with integrity and personal responsibility. Be a part of the solution and not the problem – please pick up your garbage! And if you are waiting for someone else to do it, don’t count on it. We need to stop looking just in front of our noses, and start envisioning the sort of community we want to live in. Do we want Woodinville to be known as ‘Trash Central’? It certainly looks like we are well on the way to claiming that title!