City Council Vote This Tuesday!

 

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Join the LBA Woods Park Coalition Tuesday night (September 27) at 7 p.m. for the big vote by City Council to approve the option to purchase the 72-acre “Bentridge” parcel. If approved (and we have no doubt it will be) this acquisition means the LBA Woods will be the second largest park in Olympia!

Details of the purchase can be read here in the Staff Report.

Wear your T-shirts, bring your signs! The LBA Woods Park Coalition leadership team will be handing out Ds (see photo) for your signs and evergreen fronds to wave during the meeting. This will be our silent cheer, our visually stunning thanks from the trees, some green gratitude.

The meeting takes place at Olympia City Hall.

 

 

 

City Moves to Buy Bentridge

 

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The Olympia City Council will be voting on an option to buy the remaining 72 acres of the LBA Woods, the parcel known as “Bentridge” (after the housing development that was planned there). The acquisition would mean the LBA Woods will be the second largest city park in Olympia (after Priest Point Park).

Here is the article from today’s Olympian with the details.

This means our campaign to save the LBA Woods has been victorious! Thanks to everyone who has worked on this campaign over the past several years–to those who first imagined this public park, to the petition signers, public-comment speakers, letter writers, yard-sign posters, yard-sign wavers, Facebook likers, public outreachers, development-plat scrutinizers, nature lovers, dog walkers, bird watchers, Loraxes, tree-huggers–all!

MembersThe LBA Woods Park Coalition leadership team met with City staff on Thursday for a undisclosed “good news” and were happily, blissfully surprised when Parks Director Paul Simmons announced that the option to purchase Bentridge was going before City Council on Tuesday (September 26). Unbeknownst to the leadership team, Simmons and others had been working behind the scenes for the past several months to negotiate with the owners of the Bentridge parcel (the Dawley family) for purchase of the property and to present terms agreeable to the City Council.

The 72-acre parcel will include 59 acres of parkland, 10 acres for potential multi-family housing and/or neighborhood-oriented commercial development, and 5 acres for future Log Cabin Road extension. This plan helps the City meet goals of the City’s current Parks Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and Transportation Improvement Plan–a “trifecta” for Olympia’s future.

We are are thrilled beyond belief and grateful beyond words!

Join the leadership team at Tuesday night’s 7 p.m. City Council meeting for the Big Vote!

 

 

 

Our First Official Work Party!

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Please join us for our first work party in the LBA Woods on Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

We will be working on removing invasive Scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry from the trails in our newest City of Olympia parkland (unofficially known as the “LBA Woods” and “Trillium” parcel).

From the eastern parking lot in LBA Park (3333 Morse-Merryman Rd. SE), just follow the mulched path to the gate into the woods. Signs will be posted and volunteers will be on hand to show you the way.

Everyone is welcome and we will have jobs for all ages and abilities. Tools, gloves, snacks, tool-free tasks, rest breaks, camaraderie, and fun are all provided. Drop in when you can, stay as long as you like (but please sign in/check in first). You must wear close-toed shoes to work!

Children under 13 are most welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied minors 14-17 must have a waiver signed a parent or guardian. We will have waivers on hand, but you can fill one out in advance here: Click on the “Waiver and Medical Alert” tab on the left.

If you’ve never walked the trails in the LBA Woods, this is your chance to get a map of the trails and short guided walk of two trail loops.

This event is sponsored by The Friends of LBA Woods stewardship group and the City of Olympia Parks Stewardship staff.

We encourage RSVPs by Wednesday, August 24 so we can have enough tools and snacks for everyone. Please RSVP to mariaruthbooks@comcast.net

Why We Advocate

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This Douglas-fir is 61 inches in diameter–just over five feet wide and may be one of the oldest trees on the “Trillium/Ashton Woods” parcel that the LBA Woods Park Coalition has saved from a housing development.

This tree–and others just shy of this one’s grand stature–make this 74-acre parcel of woodland a real place, a heritage landscape. Walking through these woods–past these trees and among blooming salmonberry, salal, thimbleberry, trillium, and bleeding heart–you can experience the magic our geology, soils, and climate have created. You can see and hear the birds and small mammals that have made this place home or a critical refuge for centuries.

These woods are not pristine. They are crisscrossed with trails and old road beds. They host invasive and non-native plants. They show signs of logging and neglect. And yet, every spring, the trillium and other delicate flowers bloom quietly; the barred owl and pileated woodpecker loudly claim their territories; and–almost imperceptibly–the greening tips of the firs, cedars, hemlocks, alders, and maples add more shade, more life, more grace to this place we call home.

The LBA Woods Park Coalition celebrates the Olympia City Council’s 5-0 vote on Tuesday to officially acquire 74 acres of the LBA Woods. Read more here in The Olympian.

 

 

 

More Spring! More Signs!

Signs of Spring in the Woods

 

Though we are weeks away from “official” Spring, the LBA Woods have their own calendar and clock. Take a stroll to enjoy these native plants. Get in their time zone.


 

Get Outside! Inspiration and a Trail Map

With special permission from Black Hills Audubon Society, we are reprinting Anne Kilgannon’s inspring book review from the March-April edition of The Echo newsletter. As many of you know, Anne is a member of the LBA Woods Park Coalition leadership team and is passionate about protecting the natural world as well as celebrating its glories. Anne’s review of Robert Michael  Pyle’s The Thunder Tree will make you want to shut down your computer and run into the woods. To make it easy for you, we’ve included a link at the bottom of the page to a map of the walking trails in the LBA Woods. Enjoy!

 

Armchair Birding: The Thunder Tree by Robert Michael Pyle, 2011 edition

By Anne Kilgannon

 

Bob Pyle, in his memoir of growing up in Denver, takes us immediately to the place that made him the dedicated naturalist he is renowned as today: “When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere. Almost everyone who cares deeply about the outdoors can identify a particular place where contact occurred. This may have been a wilderness, a national park, or a stretch of unbounded countryside, but more often the place that makes a difference is unspectacular: a vacant lot, a scruffy patch of woods, a weedy field, a stream, a green ravine like Ravenna—or a ditch.”

As it happens, my own attachment to the natural world also began in a ditch, the more modest ones that bounded our rural road, with frogs in season, bulrushes for sabers, pussy-willows, birds, even a weasel family one year, and sprouting aspen saplings redolent with sap and a-flutter with leaves that could foretell coming storms. I can still almost feel the difference in the air when I entered that green world, close to home, but so far away. It was my place. I went there as often as I could and tried to melt into the ground and the trees, just sitting and turning my eyes from sun to shade patterned by leaves and clouds. It lives in memory only; we moved away and the entire area was bulldozed, obliterated and built-over. So when Pyle writes of his profound love and identification with the High Line Canal, his ditch, his childhood sanctuary, classroom, and adventure center, and of his lifelong crusade to save any part of it from destruction, I’m right there with him. Ditches are a sacred space!

Pyle gives us both the history of the building of the High Line Canal and what has happened to it through the years as the area “developed” from its original wilderness to agricultural uses and then the suburban-sprawled environment. But more importantly, he tells us about his own development in relation to the Canal. He and his brother and friends ranged long stretches of the countryside on their bicycles or explored sections on foot, climbing trees, poking into the stream, noting the animals who made a home there and experiencing hours and days of glorious unsupervised or adult-directed immersion in the rich world found there. From discovering the delicate life of butterflies, soon to become his consuming life passion, to a close encounter with a shattering life-threatening electric storm, Pyle recounts his formative escapades and the experiences that ultimately shaped his thinking about the natural world and his place in it. His writing pulls the reader to his side, his words reveal the sights and sounds, the smells and feel of that world. You’re there, the muck pulling at your shoes, the sun beating down on your head. Even if you’ve never walked the Canal in person, you learn to see it through Pyle’s eyes and pen.

There is laughter—and then tears, as yet another special place is put on the chopping block, chipped and mowed into submission, paved over, cut down and lost. Pyle fights back with all his knowledge, energy and passion, and he does win some reprieves. He does it for love and calls us to love his Canal, and our own special places. And if we have children, he implicitly asks us to let them get on their bikes and head out to find what can be discovered. This is what will save those next nearby unheralded but so necessary places: that more young Pyles will grow up to fight the next fight to save our ditches and fields and woods. We must, both, fight now and pass on the torch if we will save enough of the natural world to string together viable habitat and reserves for species survival. Just as gardeners can create oasis of healthy environments, the presence of vacant lots, pocket parks and acres left un-built upon can provide sanctuaries for both nature-hungry humans and plants and animals. It is no accident that this edition of The Thunder Tree is introduced by Richard Louv, the writer and leader for the movement to reconnect children with nature. If the environmental movement has a future, it will be this connection renewed that provides its lifeblood.

The Thunder Tree, then, is full of lessons as well as being a rousing great memoir and story. Saving the world begins with the love of place, a special place, a known and experienced place. The children we were and the children to come must have these experiences, these places to ground—literally—their attachment to the world. Pyle writes also of the timely and providential appearance of mentors and opportunities that opened windows and doors for his growth as a naturalist, of the availability of guide books as crucial tools for building knowledge, of the role of natural history museum collections and other hands-up the ladder of his education. We can all work to create and sustain such ladders for generations of Bob Pyles. For this is what the world needs now: accessible nearby nature and guides to show us the way, even as they step out of the way to wave the children onto their own paths of discovery.

For more good news of this movement, look for activities of the No Child Left Inside Coalition, the LBA Woods Park Coalition, our own Audubon chapter work, and other like-minded groups. And get outside for a walk in your neighborhood woods and fields to see what can be found there.

Click here for LBA Woods Trail Map    Please keep in mind that the trails are unnamed on the map and unmarked in the woods.

Click here to learn more about The Thunder Tree. published by Oregon State University Press.

Now go find your sacred space!

New Metro Parks District Board Meets March 1

WIth the city is still aglow from the Metro Parks District victory in November, the work to formalize the MPD will occur at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. The MPD offiers will look very familiar–they are the Olympia City Council members. The citizens’ MPD advisory committee is different; after Tuesday’s meeting, the MPD officers will begin the process of selecting the citizens to serve on the advisory committee. Stay tuned if you are interested in being involved in this process.

What is happening Tuesday? The formal election of the officers, resolution to adopt the MPD charter and bylaws, approval of the Metro Parks District interlocal agreement, and more!

For meeting items and link to the agenda, please click here.

The meeting, held at City Hall (601 4th Ave E),  is open to the public. There will be brief public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.

 

FAQs on the Proposed Water Tower

Now that we have your attention….

This is a stock image of two ghastly water towers, NOT what the City of Olympia Public Works Department has in mind for its property in the LBA Woods. That water tower was the subject of a February10th public meeting hosted by Public Works and Olympia Parks Department to answer questions and address concerns of the citizenry.  Thanks to all the e LBA Woods Park Coalition supporters who were in attendance and to members of the Leadership Team (Bob Wadsworth, Cristiana Figueroa-Kaminsky, and Deb Jaqua) who took notes which are presented below in a Q&A format. The water tower and access road is referred to as “The Project.”

  • What is the expected actual acreage of The Project?    The site the City acquired is five acres but the tower and fenced area around it will take one acre or less.
  • What is the rush to build now in view of an uncompleted park-development plan  There won’t be a park-development plan for some time according to Dave Hanna. There are mandates that create urgency for building The Project.  These mandates are not critical at the moment but come from the Department of Health (requiring taking an existing tank on Hoffman Rd. off line for routine cleaning), population growth, water volume and pressure for firefighting and a need for tank redundancy to meet emergencies.
  • Why was The Project sited in a wetland? The site is on impermeable substrate where even if it is not a low spot that floods after rain. The plan for dispersing excess water is just to let it drain into the surrounding forest.  There was no mention of issues around flooding into nearby neighborhoods.
  • What mitigation is planned to recognize that the land surrounding The Project will be a park and not a housing development? The Project planners recognize that the assumptions have changed from the land becoming a development to now most likely a park (official acquisition is set for July 2016) and will coordinate with the Parks Department. Disturbed areas will be revegetated and trails rebuilt after the work is complete.
  • How will you mitigate for a tower that will be at least twice the height of surrounding trees? [INSERT PHOTO] One of the illustrations showed a view of the tower as seen from a ball field in LBA with a row of poplars shielding most of the view of the vicinity of the tower.  Presumably, the angle of view means that the trees that are closer to the viewer look taller than the tank and shield it from view.
  • How will you coordinate planning for both the park and the tank installation to reduce destruction of park values (open space, habitat, canopy cover, trails, etc)?  The Parks Department has been involved in the Project planning process. Dave Hanna pointed out that because the Trillium purchase will remain undeveloped for some time, there is no clear picture of the conflicts that might arise from the two developments.  He did point out there was interest in locating future/potential soccer fields so that the access road portion of The Project does not run through them.
  • What was the process to determine the current proposed location vs. next to the Hoffman Rd. tower or other sites? According to Andy Haub, after the City agreement to purchase Trillium as parkland, the engineers re-examined the Hoffman Rd. tank site to determine if there was enough land to accommodate a second tank. They determined that the site could not accommodate the tank of the size proposed for the LBA Woods, nor could the site accommodate a smaller tank—even if they purchased an adjacent property (which is not currently for sale).  If an alternate site were found, the Public Works Departement would have to sell the five-acre parcel acquired for The Project in the LBA Woods to another City Department.  No cost/benefit analysis has been done for alternative sites.
  • Could the access road be through the Wilderness development to reduce impact to the forest?  There is still a requirement to run a 16-inch pipe from Morse-Merryman and this requires a maximum 55 ft. right of way, which would need to be cleared of vegetation to accommodate vehicles relate Project construction and maintenance.  This access road could be aligned to reduce impact. Suggestions were made to align the road and pipes along current trail on east side of current LBA Park to Morse-Merryman.
  • How will you block unauthorized vehicle entrance to the park along the service road once construction is complete? A gate at the Morse-Merryman and Sugarloaf St. entrance.
  • When does the SEPA/EIS process begin? SEPA (State Environmental Review Process) and EIS (Environment Impact Statement) process will not start until The Project plan is complete.

Please check back for information on future meetings and additional answers to FAQs.

Eleven Important Questions

The plans for a new water tower (aka “reservoir”) in the LBA Woods has been on the books for a while–since the time when this 150 acre woodland was to be cleared, graded, and planted with 800 homes. The City of Olympia purchased five acres of the former Trillium parcel expressly for the water tower and is now planning to purchase the rest of the Trillium property expressly for a park.  The LBA Woods Park Coalition leadership team hopes the following questions will answered in the public meeting tomorrow night–Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 at Margaret McKenny Elementary School. 

Please bring your questions and concerns–staff from Public Works and Olympia Parks Dept. are hosting this informational meeting.

  • What mitigation is planned to recognize that the surrounding land will be a park and not a housing development?
  • How will you coordinate planning for both the park and the tank installation to reduce destruction of park values?
  • What is the rush to build now in view of an uncompleted park plan?
  • What was the process to determine the current proposed location vs.next to the Hoffman tower or other sites?
  • Is it possible to acquire additional land next to the Hoffman tower to build the second tower?
  • Could the access road be through the Wilderness development to reduce impact to the forest?
  • What is the expected SEPA/EIS process?
  • Why was the tank location chosen to be in a wetland? (Note: the presence and ecological function of the wetlands is highlighted in the Parks’ Conservation Futures grant application).
  • What is the expected actual acreage of the fenced site?
  • How will you mitigate for a tower that will be at least twice the height of surrounding trees?
  • How will you block unauthorized vehicle entrance to the park along the service road once construction is complete?

Water Tower Needs a Second Look

This map shows the location of the 5-acre parcel purchased by the City of Olympia for a “reservoir” (water tower) in accordance with the 2004 Water System Plan. The water tower is to provide water storage and fire protection for 25 years.  At the time of purchase, the surrounding acreage was to become the “Trillium” housing development. Now, with the City planning to purchase the 74-acres for parkland….is a 140-tall, 90-foot wide water tower really necessary? Are there alternatives?

Information on the status of the water tower and the future parkland acquisition will be provided at Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Februay 10 public meeting at McKenny Elementary School, 3250 Morse-Merryman Rd. (across from LBA Park). Please bring your questions and concerns, which might include:

  • Implications of and impacts to adjacent neighbors and neighborhoods from construction activity.
  • Possible loss of some passive recreational opportunities on the
    Reservoir site (walking, running, and biking).
  • Loss of environmental preservation (trees and habitat).
  • Increasing development and urbanization on Olympia’s east side.

    Presenters for the Public Meeting are: Andy Haub, Water Resources Director, Public Works Department and  David Hanna, Associate Director, Parks, Arts, and Recreation

    For more information go to: http://olympiawa.gov/…/constructio…/log-cabin-reservoir.aspx

    For more information Contact Rick Dougherty, Project Manager, at 360.753.8485, or rdougher@ci.olympia.wa.us

LBA Tops the List at Public Hearing

Thank you everyone who attended last Tuesday’s public hearing on the 2016 draft Parks, Arts, and Recreation Plan. Several citizens spoke specifically on including plans for the acquisiton of the second parcel (“Bentridge”) in the Parks Plan language and other speakers supported this request in the context of their comments on other areas of the plan (swimming pool, Isthmus, habitat).

Read more on the public hearing from The Olympian here.

 

Calling All Parks Plan Critics & Fans!

Please join fellow LBA Parks Coalition members and park lovers on Tuesday, January 12th, at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Olympia for the Public Hearing on the revised draft 2016 Parks Plan.  This is your chance for public comment on the plan before City Council votes to adopt it (tentatively on February 9). Even if you have already submitted comments, it is important for the City Council members and staff to hear your opinion LIVE during the public hearing. The gavel strikes at 7 p.m. sharp, so please arrive at City Hall at least 15 minutes ahead to sign in to speak (3 minutes–or less!)

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments on the draft plan via OlySpeaks and e-mail last month. A whopping 228 people participated in the online forum and it should come as no surprise that the top topic for comments: Saving ALL of the LBA Woods. This topic received 27 comments and 307 votes. (Second most popular topic was Swimming/Spray Park with 9 comments and 139 votes.)

There was overwhelming support among comments to include specific language regarding the acquisition of the “Bentridge” parcel in the plan, but this language was not incorporated in the revised draft. This does not mean that “Bentridge” is not under consideration as future parkland. The Parks Department responded to the requests this way on OlySpeaks:

 “The Plan’s Capital Investment Strategy sets aside $11 million for 169 acres of land acquistion. These funds could be utilized for purchasing the second LBA Woods parcel (the Bentridge parcel). the Capital Center building on the Isthmus, a different community park site, or for open space. P. 87 of the plan lists 10 criteria that will be utilized in a potential purchase of the Bentridge parcel and other potential land acquisitions.” 

The LBA Woods Park Coalition’s mission is–and always has been–to save all the the LBA Woods. The City plans to complete the acquisition of the Trillium half in June 2016, but it is important to emphasize that the Bentridge half is essential to protect of the integrity of this last largest parcel of upland forest in the city for present and future park needs.

CLICK HERE to go to the Olympia Parks Department website read the revised plan (with edits and changes in red and so easy to spot) and to see all the OlySpeaks comments.

If you need talking points...please go directly to the OlySpeaks forum comment page HERE to see what your fellow LBA Woods Park supporters have posted. Your public comments on Tuesday night can simply be your verbal endorsement of someone else’s comments. You can also quote, paraphrase, summarize and cherry-pick posted comments!

City Hall is located at the corner of Cherry and 4th St. SE (Across from Ramblin’ Jacks and Olympia Coffee Roasters)

. On-street parking is easy (within a block) and free after 5 p.m.

If you cannot attend in person, you can still write your comments to City Council by e-mail or post. Click HERE for details.

OLYSpeaks…and Sings!

You gotta love it!  Click here to see and hear the The Singing Parks Planner!

Jonathon Turlove, Associate Planner for Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department, takes his job very seriously…so seriously that he has put himself out there in this Facebook video to encourage all Olympians to comment on the 2016 Parks Plan by this Friday, Decemberf 11.

Jonathon is the Project Leader for the plan. It’s a great plan and you can read it and comment on it via www.olyspeaks.org.

Entering comments on Olyspeaks is a bit clunky but if you persist you can make it.

  1. Enter your e-mail address and come up with a password.
  2. Come up with a short title for your comments and type that in at the top on the line labeled “enter your idea here” and press Submit.
  3. A new line pops up labeled “Create a new idea.”
  4. Enter the text of your suggestion in the box below labeled “Description”.
  5. Choose “Parks” on the next line where it says “Select idea about”
  6. Enter your comments. You can also copy and paste your text (from a word document).
  7.  If nothing else, vote for the ideas you like best.

 

We “Heart” the New Parks Plan

We love the draft of Olympia’s new 2016 Parks Plan! Let the authors–the Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department– know how much you love it, too. We are so pleased that the plan includes the acquisition of the “Trillium” half of the LBA Woods and other open spaces, habitat, and land for community parks. Olympia worked hard to get the funding for projects in the Parks Plan through the recently passed Metro Parks District. Now its time to ensure the LBA Woods benefits from this new revenue stream.

Please go to www.olyspeaks.org–by December 11th–to be part of the ongoing effort to save all of the LBA Woods. OlySpeaks is a carefully moderated public forum–all you need to do is provide your e-mail and a password (30 seconds) and you can add your comments or “like” and comment on other citizen’s comments.

What’s to love in the Parks Plan? Lots! For Save the LBA Woods supporters, seeing the LBA Woods Acquistion in the plan in print (page 88, below) is thrilling.

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Let the Park Department know that the acquistion of the adjacent wooded parcel (“Bentridge”) meets all of the criteria for Future Land Acquisition (page 89, below).

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We also love Map 7-1 in the plan. Sure, those little brown things look like cows on the map–but the are actually icons of a wooden park sign.

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You can read the entire plan from a link on www.olyspeaks.org. Please “share” this posting with your friends.  You can also e-mail your comments directly to Jonathon Turlove, Olympia Parks, at  jturlove@ci.olympia.wa.us

We’ll post more things to love about the draft Parks Plan until the deadline for Olyspeaks comments is December 11.

2016 Parks Plan Draft Hot Off the Press!

The draft 2016 Parks Plan is now available for public review. The LBA Woods Park Coalition is thrilled that the passage of Proposition 1 occurred in time to figure into this 6-year plan. We are also very excited to see the acquisition of Trillium/Ashton Woods–in print!–as well as a generous amount of open-space funding for unspecified parkland. We still have much work to do to save all of LBA Woods….here is your first task:

The Olympia Parks Department wants to know what you think about the draft! The Parks Plan was written based on an extensive public input process. Jonathon Turlove (Associate Planner for Olympia Parks), sent out the information below by e-mail November 18 to everyone who participated in the Parks planning process over the past year.  In case you missed it….

To view the entire plan, click here:  www.olympiawa.gov/parksplan

The Parks Plan was unveiled at last night’s City Council meeting (November 18th). To view a video of the 23-minute presentation on the plan, click here:  http://olympia.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1431&meta_id=111875  (note that the video will start after about 20 seconds)

The Parks Department needs your feedback! Please look over the plan and help them answer these questions: Did they hear you correctly? Is there anything missing? Does anything need to be changed?

You can provide comments in three ways.

  1. Participate in the OlySpeaks on-line questionnaire: http://olyspeaks.org/
  2. E-mail your comments to Jonathon Turlove: jturlove@ci.olympia.wa.us
  3. Come to an Open House on Wednesday, December 2, 6:30PM at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia NW, Olympia.

The deadline for comment on this initial draft is Friday, December 11, 2015.

 

Prop 1 Passes! Thanks to All the YES Voters!

Last night brought a a big victory for Olympia Parks and all Olympians!

Proposition 1 to establish a Metropolitan Park District got 56.5% of the votes in last night’s election–a big loud YES for parks. November 5 UPDATE: More votes are coming in–we are up to 58%

Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign, waved signs, doorbelled, posted and hosted yard signs, wrote Letters to the Editor, spoke out at City Council meetings, talked to their neighbors, “liked” and “shared” on YesOlympiaParks Facebook page, asked questions, got informed, and voted YES.

Special extra thanks to Cristiana Figueroa-Kaminsky and Allen Miller, co-chairs of the Yes Olympia Parks campaign, for their outstanding leadership and positive energy all the way–a truly inspiring duo and asset to the City of Olympia.

Onward for the LBA Woods Park! We are continuing our campaign at full speed to save all of the LBA Woods as parkland.

 

 

The Olympian Supports Prop 1 –So Should You

On October 25, the editorial board of The Olympian announced its support for Proposition 1, which establishes a Metropolitan Park District for our capital city. You can read all their good reasons here on our “In the News” page.

It is going to be a nice rainy weekend, so you’ll have time to read the article, visit yesolympiaparks.org if you lingering questions about why you should vote YES on Prop 1, if you want to read the ordinance itself, if you want to pick through the list of our supporters and endorsers to find your neighbors’ and best friends’ names. You can also visit the YesOlympiaParks Facebook page and watch our “I Bark for Parks” videos and see photos of all our fantastic supporters and Prop 1 campaigners in action.

Or, you can just vote YES–knowing that a incredibly large and energetic team of park supporters and civic-minded citizens across all quadrants of Olympia have been working tirelessly to make sure Prop 1 is the best way to support our parks now and in the future.

Don’t forget to drop your ballot off in one othe boxes around town (the list of boxes is included with your ballot) or put a first-class stamp on it and get it postmarked by November 3. Do NOT leave your ballot unopened. Do NOT leave your ballot on the pile of newspapers to be recycled. Do NOT leave your ballot on the passenger seat in your car, tucked into the windshield visor, or in your backpack or manpurse. You will feel awful if you do.

We need Prop 1 to pass to make LBA Woods Park a reality. We need 50% of the vote plus one vote to pass Prop 1. Do the math. It’s easy: Your vote could be that one vote to give us a victory. And by “us” we mean you. We mean the people of Olympia. We mean all the people, from near and far, who enjoy our first-class parks.

Vote YES on Prop 1. You’ll sleep better at night.

 

 

Get the Facts–Vote YES on Prop 1

November election ballots are arriving in mailboxes–time to vote YES for Prop 1 and Parks!

  • Read what your neighbors and fellow park lovers are saying about the benefits of Prop 1 in these Letters to the Editor  by Bob Zeigler, Cristiana Figuero-Kaminsky, Bonnie Jacobs, Jack Horton, Maria Ruth, and more! Support for Olympia Parks, Prop 1 and a Metropolitan Park District is strong and widespread.
  • Visit YesOlympiaParks’ Get the Facts page if you are concerned about the late-in-the-game statements being published by the scattering of folks who oppose Prop 1. We offer a point-by-point rebuttal and the documented truth.
  • Listen this Saturday, October 17 at 8 am on KXXO-FM’s (Mixx 96.1) “Conversation with. .. ” program.  Cristiana Figueroa-Kaminsky and Allen Miller are co-chairs of the YesOlympiaParks campaign and Olympia Council member Cheryl Selby, will talk about Prop 1. 
  • Join us Saturday October 17 at “The Kiss” statue on Percival Landing (4th Avenue near the Oyster House). We’ll be waving signs and hootin’ it up for Prop 1 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring a homemade sign or wave one one ours. Rain-or-shine fun!
  • Vote Yes on Prop 1…you’ll be glad you did.