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Letters to the Editor - August 5, 2013

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The City of Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commission is currently updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, more commonly known as the PRO Plan. This document guides the city’s decisions with respect to matters such as land acquisition, planning, park property development, maintenance standards, operational goals, recreation programs, special events, fees and facility rentals. In short, if it has to do with parks, open space, recreation or special community events, the PRO Plan provides a framework for addressing the needs of the community as it relates to these areas. This is where you come in. The PRO Plan is only as good as the information we receive from our fellow citizens. We need your input! What do you like or dislike about Parks and Recreation in Woodinville? What would you change? What would add? Do you want to see more trails that connect your neighborhood with downtown? Do you think we need more dedicated open space? Are there areas in Woodinville that you think would make a great park?
Let us know. As we work through updating the PRO Plan we will be surveying residents more formally through a variety of methods. In the meantime you can send the Commission a note with your thoughts and ideas to the city’s Commission liaison, Alexandra Sheeks, at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

You are also encouraged and welcome to attend all commission meetings to let us know your thoughts in person. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
 City of Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commission

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I would like to remind everyone that the trails are to be shared by everyone: cyclists, walkers, joggers, families, skaters, etc. I’ve seen all of the above on the trails and then some, and I’ve seen a lot of nasty behavior out there lately, too. Please think about the following before going out on the trails to help make it a great experience for everyone.
 

• There are a lot of folks using these trails. It really isn’t fair to everyone to do your thing in a pack 4 people wide, using the whole trail.
• If you’re coming up to pass someone, please let the person in front of you know you’re passing by calling out, “On your left.” When someone comes by to pass, please move to your right and let them by. A nasty comment isn’t called for. It’s my trail, too.
• If you need to answer your phone or look at messages, please move off of the trail and out of the lane of traffic for everyone’s safety, especially your own.
• Also, in the interest of everyone’s safety, please leave the headphones at home. They’re great for the gym, but really not for the trail or the road. If I call out to you that I’m passing and you can’t hear me because you’re wearing headphones and then walk directly in front of me, it won’t be my fault when I hit you and I’m going to be mighty unhappy with you when I can untangle myself and get up.
Lori Hanley, Woodinville

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