Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999


City hall remodel: a waste of resources

   Not too long ago, City Council members talked of building a youth center for local teens, one that would include a skate board park to keep local teens off the parking lots and other areas.

   Vendors were becoming annoyed with having to shoo away the skaters, and furthermore, the skaters were tired of having to go all the way to Redmond to enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, there was a funding conflict; it would be too costly to build the desired skate park.

   Bothell sent plans for a more "cost-efficient" wooden model. But only a month later, talk of the park has been forgotten by local readers and replaced with the topic of a much-needed remodel to our City Hall. While this is indeed something that will be appreciated by the City Council members and residents alike, we still don't have a youth center in Woodinville.

   I have read that this new remodel may cost anywhere from $4.5 to $6.3 million. It seems that if our city has enough money to rebuild City Hall, then building a more permanent cement skate park should be no unimaginable task.

   So my question for the City Council members is: What happened to the plans for a skate park for our youths? Before we start this costly remodel, shouldn't we first concentrate on something that, in my opinion, is much more of a priority?

Laura Waite, Woodinville