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    Save St Ed ball field from becoming a Sports Complex

    Please consider writing your opinion to Washington State Parks Commissioners.

    They are taking public comments regarding the City of Kenmore proposal for the conversion (destruction) of the grassy field at St. Edward State Park.

    Comments are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday.

    Here’s a “formula” for a quick and simple email:

    Mail to: commission

    Subject: St. Edward State Park Ballfield

    Message: As a resident of (your city), I object to the drastic changes proposed by the City of Kenmore to the ballfield in this state park.

    Your Name and Address

    Please put that sentence “in your own words”…and feel free to add more if you are so moved! : )

    In a nutshell, the current proposal will change the ambiance of this natural park feature into a SPORTS COMPLEX and will:

    destroy 90% of the wetland buffer

    replace natural turf with artificial turf

    install a perimeter of chain link fencing

    include stadium lighting

    Not only will this result in destruction of this portion of the Biodiversity Corridor, but it will give the City of Kenmore control over the use of the field. (Hint: STAY OUT.)

    It is primarily for the convenience of a TINY percent of Kenmore residents, namely a couple hundred Little League players. (Note: a PRIVATE organization.)

    It is especially important if you DO NOT LIVE IN KENMORE, that the commissioners hear from you! This is YOUR STATE PARK, not a city park.

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    Connect with Kenmore City Council

    Follow this link to the City of Kenmore web site and find the council members' email addresses as shown below:

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    Historic ball field in St. Edward State Park faces irrevocable change

    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: permittech@kenmorewa.gov. Phone: 425-398-8900.

    Washington State Parks Commission (makes final decision.)
    Email: commission@parks.wa.gov. Phone: 360-902-8502.

    Karen Prince
    32-year resident of Kenmore

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    City of Kenmore essentially eliminating St Ed wetland for ballfield moderization

    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: permittech@kenmorewa.gov
    or mailed or hand delivered to Kenmore City Hall

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