I was pleased to see the prominent mention of the comment period on the future of Wellington Park in last week’s paper.
Snohomish County Parks Department has applied for a Land Disturbing Activity (LDA) permit that would allow them to clear, level and grade approximately 50 acres of giant trees and rolling hills.
It would also allow construction of seven playing fields, four of which would be artificial turf.
The county would widen the little park road, rearrange the wetlands and excavate for a community center that has no funding.
This is a disastrous design for a small hilltop site in a rural neighborhood!
The traffic for year-round operation of the turf fields until almost 10 p.m. each night would far exceed the infrastructure in this area.
Construction of the turf fields would involve digging down more than two stories and moving all that dirt to fill in the rolling hills we enjoy.
This quiet rural area would suddenly be inundated with stadium lights, noise from tournament games and exhaust fumes from the huge influx of cars trying to get in and out of the sports complex.
Don’t let the County Council, the County Executive and the Parks Department ignore this travesty.
You have until February 5th to make your concerns known.
Do not be polite. Do not be quiet. Yell now and tell them this is the wrong place for a commercial sports complex.
These wonderful turf fields should be built on a flat commercial site, where participants can easily access them.
The Parks Department, the council and the Executive need to wake up and work with the community to design an appropriate park for this neighborhood.
Comments on the LDA permit application need to reach Tom Barnett by February 5th: Tom.Barnett@co.snohomish.wa.us.
Please visit SaveWellingtonPark.com for County Council contact information and more about this disastrous plan.
Tina Stewart, Woodinville