Editor,

Woodinville is celebrated as a great place for families to live, but right now everywhere children needs are being excluded and forgotten. With public parks closed, children have nowhere to go. As businesses are being re-opened, adults are being prioritized. We can get a haircut, go to bars, and workout at the gym, but even formerly family-friendly businesses, like the YMCA, are now excluding children because they must limit numbers. We still have four more weeks of summer yet children, who have already been isolated for months, have no outlet for healthy activity and socialization. Woodinville needs its public spaces and playgrounds to re-open to serve all of our citizens. These outdoor activities carry less risk of the spread of COVID-19 than those listed above, and yet they are still restricted in Woodinville despite King and Snohomish County opening playgrounds in May. We all want to stop the spread of COVID-19, but we also need to help support the mental and physical health of our children by making safe public spaces available for them to play. Many residents do not have access to outdoor space at their homes and are unwilling to violate city codes to use closed parks. Now more than ever, families need places that are free and unequivocally open to all. Woodinville needs to send a message that it supports families and children, just as it supports the safe opening of local businesses. Please share your support by contacting your city council members.

Sarah Arndt

Woodinville

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