The Wellington Hills Sports Complex? No, it's NOT a done deal!

Monday, April 15, 2013

You can't see the forest for the trees

Or, in this case, you don't see Wellington Hills Park, as a park, simply because of several prime reasons.

1.Your are in a hurry, you're always a hurry …

Gotta get to work, Gotta get to the store. Gotta get home. Gotta get the kid to something.

2. You've forgotten what a park is because there are so few of them.

The Northwest has plenty of tall tree vistas. The total package of trees, clouds, with either the Cascades or the Olympics in the background, combine to make a person feel as if Nature was close … in fact it's mostly distant eye candy.

3.  If you frequently drive Route 9, after a while, you put on metaphorical binders.  Route 9 has mostly industrial-commercial businesses built close to the road and almost all the business have zero curb appeal.

Driving Rt. 9 with the purpose of going home via 240th St., chances are you've grown accustomed to the road's visual harshness.  Consequently, after the gauntlet of the ugly landscape, you blast through Wellington Hills Parks, more or less ignoring its jewel-like quality.

Of course, Snohomish County's Department of Parks and Recs wants to change all that. For the better? No! They want to destroy one of the VERY FEW PUBLIC GREEN PLACES in the Woodinville vicinity. … they're happy as clams in a nutrient rich tide (aka mitigation money) … they own the Park and they can't wait to bring noisy, congested ugliness onto the plateau - exactly where people live, exactly where people don't want noise, congestion, bright lights and a meddling local government.

A sampling of views along Rt. 9 and 240th St SE at Rt. 9

Photos by Bill Stankus
April 14, 2013

1 comment:

Janet said...

Funny how when one turns up 240th and drives through the existing park, it's like a breath of fresh air. All the ugliness from Highway 9 and 522 is quickly forgotten. The failing concrete block wall below the Primus building becomes a distant memory.

Of course, that will all change if the county is allowed to build its sports complex. The trees and rolling hills will also become a distant will the solitude and that breath of fresh air.