The Woodinville community deserves to hear the truth about the plans for Wellington Hills Park. The County’s plan to replace the park with an oversize regional sports complex is NOT FINAL. This plan has yet to pass State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review, be approved by the County Council or survive a legal challenge.
This park is to be paid for using funds set aside by the Brightwater Settlement Agreement. These funds were intended to mitigate the negative impacts to the community surrounding Brightwater. But now Snohomish County is attempting to build a regional sports complex with destructive effects on the community that far outweigh those brought by the sewage plant.
After viewing the County’s proposed plan—including 7 soccer fields (4 artificial turf), stadium lighting, large commercial buildings, and parking for 700+ cars—it is obvious that the County gave little consideration to the impact of a huge regional sports complex on its neighbors, the very people who were supposed to benefit from the mitigation agreement. Consider the effects of traffic congestion from an annual 7-10+ regional, national and international tournaments, the destruction of natural landscape and habitat, deals made with private interest groups and costs well exceeding budget. These would critically reduce the quality of life we now enjoy in rural Woodinville.
But it’s not too late to design a park that fits and serves the community. Neighbors to Save Wellington Park invites you to attend a community meeting and hear the facts about the park. Learn what you can do to effect change, protect your quality of life, and support a legal challenge to the proposed regional sports complex.
Wellingto Park Community Meeting:
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
Woodinville Church of Christ
22502 – 75th Avenue SE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Together, we can be sure our community remains a wonderful place to live.