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Letter to Editor, Kenmore-Bothell Reporter
Wed Aug 30th, 2017 8:30am
To all who value and enjoy St. Edward State Park: I write to alert you.
The City of Kenmore is relentlessly pushing a $4.91-million proposal to “improve” the open and natural grass ball field by installing “a fenced synthetic turf field, a subsurface stormwater system, and other related structures,” like bleachers, backstops, dugouts, a perimeter walking path, field lighting, maintenance shed and added parking — not to mention more asphalt, vehicles, congestion and noise.
“Approximately 131,000 square feet of sod will be removed. A 6-inch thick layer of free-draining aggregate will be placed over the subgrade, which will be covered with a 6-inch thick plastic grating system …..”
Adjacent to the field is a Class 2 wetland, which the state rating system defines as “difficult, though not impossible, to replace, and provides high levels of some functions.” Class 2 wetland buffers must be 100 feet, but “approximately 42,717 square feet (90%) of wetland buffer area is expected to be impacted,” a euphemism for uprooting the living soil and replacing it with dead plastic. To jump this hurdle of “insufficient” buffer, Kenmore is applying for a critical area variance,which if granted, would allow the proposal to move ahead.
Kenmore promises “compensatory mitigation” and “enhancement” of the area, yet concludes “the project will result in permanent unavoidable impacts to a wetland buffer area.”
This proposal is not a “renovation” or an “improvement.” It is a transformation — destructive to what is now a living ecosystem. It would benefit a minority of users when thousands of people come here every year to absorb and enjoy a place set apart from the beginning to preserve and protect a natural sanctuary.
Youth fields are important, but this development belongs in a municipal or school setting. We cheered our son’s soccer team wherever they played, often in school fields. Why isn’t this a pursued option now?
In 2008 the Washington State Parks Commission rejected a previous Kenmore ballfield proposal for St. Edward State Park as “inappropriate.” It still is.
If this development concerns you, please call or write. Public comment period for the Critical Area Variance is Aug. 18 through Sept. 8.
For more details: www.kenmorewa.gov/athletic-field-saint-edward
City of Kenmore Email: email@example.com. Phone: 425-398-8900.
Washington State Parks Commission (makes final decision.)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 360-902-8502.
32-year resident of Kenmore
Did you know that this project…
…will destroy 100% of the grassy field, which will be replaced by artificial turf?
…will destroy 90% of the wetland buffer?
…will require that the artificial turf be replaced approximately every 10 years at a cost of approximately 1 million dollars each time - paid for by taxpayers?
(Reminder: government grant money IS taxpayer money.)
…will primarily benefit North Lake Little League and other PRIVATE sports teams and organizations in this area?
…will eliminate all current and future uses of the NATURAL field for environmental education and other activities of diverse groups across the greater Puget Sound region?
…will change the authentic “feel” of the park from one of quiet, natural serenity to one of crowds, noise, traffic, parking overflow, and bright lights - all typical of a sports complex?
…includes stadium lighting which creates a shortage of insects that are necessary for bats and insect-loving birds who inhabit this park?
…has already cost Kenmore taxpayers over a quarter of a million dollars for study and planning expenses?
…requires a Critical Area Variance from our state’s existing environmental policy?
This Variance Application is applied for, reviewed, AND decided upon
(approved or rejected) by various departments – all in the City of Kenmore.
Please submit comments by the deadline of
4:30 PM, Friday, September 8th, 2017
Comments can be emailed to: email@example.com
or mailed or hand delivered to Kenmore City Hall
Come and voice your opinion about the open space field at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore!
Kenmore wants to place an artificially lighted artificial turf Little League field in place of the grassy open space where deer, frogs, bats, birds and nature reside, where people walk and picnic in relative peace and quiet, where the skies are dark at night, camps conduct environmental education and pro-grass sports teams like cricket can still find what they prefer.
Speak up on June 12, 2017 at public comment, if you wish.
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MAR 1-2, 2017: Appeal for Conference Center at St. Edward State Park
See minute 446:45 for Hearing Examiner's Final Comments:
issues with Marbled Murrelet and Parking.