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


2 comments:

Janet said...

So many good points, and so sad to think that we could lose a beautiful asset that so accurately represents the rural lifestyle that is the heart of Woodinville.

One must ask if there is anything that would cause the County to reconsider locating its Sports Complex to a place that is much more suitable. The residents' desire to preserve this park as it is and the County's goal of providing a tournament facility need not be mutually exclusive.

And there is always the alternative of scaling the plans back to provide a couple of fields, while avoiding the intrusion of traffic snarls, loss of greenbelt buffer, and unwanted field lighting and noise.

There are more solutions than just the all-or-nothing choice that Snohomish County government has presented.

On a lighter note, your choice of song certainly paints the picture...though I do prefer the version by Counting Crows and Vanessa Carleton!

Neighbors of Wellington Hills said...

Bureaucratic democracy ... ain't it wonderful.