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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wellington Hills Park is not flat

Remember these failures - the Edsel … New Coke … Betamax … 8-Track tape decks … Microsoft’s Zune … Ben-Gay Aspirin?

Never mind.

Here’s another view of Wellington Hills Park.  

This time the photo was taken from the south side of 240th St. SE, looking northward across the rolling terrain.  Note - the rail fence along 240th is visible.

I’ve also marked the general view area of the photo on the County’s “Master Plan”.

KInda strange … At this moment, already in existence, is a nice park with a great landscape ... it's a terrific geenbelt separating a residential area from the hub-bub of Route 9 

… but the “plan” is to level the view (as in the photo), fill it in and put in a parking lot.

Reminds me of Joni Mitchell's song, "Big Yellow Taxi"

They paved paradise 
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wellington Hills Park, Northside of 240th St SE

First, let's look at Snohomish County's Department of Parks and Recreation's so-called "Master Plan".

I drew a red "X" on the "Master Plan" indicating the general location where the following photos were taken.

Standing sort of midway on the Northside of the Park and looking east towards 71st. Drive SE, this is the view:

Turning around and looking westerly and a bit to the south, towards 240th St. SE, this is the view.

The point I want to make - the Department of Parks and Recreation's "Master Plan" calls for the rolling topography in the photos to be filled in.  

Earth movers will dig out and remove soil from where the golf buildings once were located. Then, truck load after truck load of dirt would be taken to the Park's Northside and dumped in order to flatten that side of the Park.

The fence in the second photo is a nice reference point ... in that general area, the "Master Plan" calls for a traffic circle on 240th St. SE. And, there would be a driveway northward to a large parking lot (for 250+ cars) in front of a proposed 50,000 square foot commercial mountain bike building.

They actually think this is a good plan. Amazing.

Park photos by Bill Stankus

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Matthew 21:12-13

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  He said to them, "It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of thieves.”

Monday, September 2, 2013

This is what Snohomish County's Department of Parks and Recreation took away from the Community

The following photos were taken at Wellington Hills Golf Course ...

 It doesn't take much to remember back to a year ago and to all the previous decades when Wellington Hills Park looked like this:

Photos by
Bill Stankus