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Meeting looks for open space wishes

upper Bear Creek

Waterways 2000 has protected salmon spawning areas like this one on upper Bear Creek.
Photo by Wendy Walsh/Woodinville Weekly.

open space by Wendy Walsh
At a meeting Mar. 26, sponsored by the King County Open Space Citizens' Oversight Committee, community members had a chance to present their wishes for parks, recreation, open space, and natural resource protection for the bond issue to be voted on in September.
   King County Councilmember Larry Philips voiced strong support for previous open space funding. "I come not only as a councilmember, but as a citizen who grew up here, and I love the Northwest atmosphere with all its natural resources. We must plan for growth, not only for newcomers, but for our children and grandchildren," Phillips said. "They will want to live with the same lifestyle and natural resources we grew up with. This is an opportunity to preserve the wonderful places as parks, to plan for recreational opportunities, and to protect our critical resources so that future generations can enjoy what we have enjoyed."
   Questions discussed during the meeting included: What are the needs for park and recreation? What are the critical resource needs? How should maintenance be approached? Should there be a companion maintenance levy?
   This meeting was the first of four scheduled public meetings to be held in the county with the purpose of hearing citizen input. For further information, call the Open Space office at 296-7800 or King County Parks at 296-4135.
   The City of Woodinville is also soliciting funding suggestions for open space or recreational needs in the community. A public meeting will be held on April 11 at 7 p.m. at City Hall where the public can look at the city's list of projects and offer suggestions. Those with any questions or ideas can call Lane Youngblood at the City at 489-2700.