Letters to the Editor - April 10, 2017

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Thank you to Grace Baird for bringing attention to the trash along Avondale. I would like to add my voice to hers regarding the litter problem in Woodinville.  Every road leading into and out of downtown Woodinville is littered. We live in a beautiful part of the world but it looks like a third world country where they just dump truck loads of trash beside the road. (FYI. It is mostly beer bottles and pop cans so you can guess who is tossing their garbage.) I have called the city, county and state about the litter problem but nothing has improved.  If the city of Woodinville would declare a city-wide cleanup day a couple of times a year and encourage everyone to go outside their homes or businesses and pick up the litter, it would be great! I have been picking up the litter coming up on Hollywood Hill past the medical center for the past year. As much as I hate to admit it, I am a senior citizen and my children are not happy with me being out on the road but I just can’t ignore the trash. I count the litter and when it reaches a certain point, I clean it up. The last couple of weeks there has been a litter fairy. As I was thinking about stopping to pick up the trash, I noticed some of it was gone. The next day more of it was gone. Whoever you are, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  Let’s be good citizens and appreciate this beautiful country!
Carolyn Norton, Woodinville


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

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