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The Future of Bonney Lake Parks is in our hands!

Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District.

As reported in Patch on Tuesday, November 20th, the Bonney Lake Park Board during their meeting on Monday, November 19th, voted to forward three recommendations to the City Council for their consideration. Briefly, the recommendations were:

  • Recommended that the Council move forward to put a Metropolitan Park District on the ballot for April 13th, 2013.
  • Recommended that the City Council make up the Metropolitan Park District Board.
  • Recommended that the City establish a dedicated Parks Department.

I know that many of you out there are like me and have been waiting for the City to start building trails to make it easier for us to get around the City, or you may be looking forward to having a Community Center/YMCA in Bonney Lake, or if you’re involved in youth sports, you may be looking for the City to develop a Sports Complex. Now is our opportunity, but it’s up to each of us to make our desires known. Talk to the Council and let them know you’re in favor of moving forward on a Metropolitan Park District now. Let them know you don’t want to wait another decade before we provide an adequate number of parks, trails, fields, and some kind of community center for the more than 17,000 residents of our city.

The Mayor and Council needs to hear from us. You can email all of the Council at: council@ci.bonney-lake.wa.us, or you can attend the next meeting slated for Tuesday, 11/27/2012, at the Justice Center, 9002 Main Street in Bonney Lake and tell them in person.

This will only succeed if we all work together. I’m in, are you?

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John November 27, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Explain how/why the city would need to form an organizational relation? Am I not correct by thinking the MPD is its own taxing authority with is own budget and staff? What authority does the city have over an MPD?
Shelley November 27, 2012 at 08:06 AM
I would be in favor of a dog park. The one we have currently is a joke.
Scott W. Anderson November 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The city would have no authority over an MPD but there would need to be a good working relationship between the two. There would also need to be a transition period of responsibilities between the city and an MPD which would require and organized plan. Yes, you are correct, John, the MPD is its own taxing authority with its own budget and staff. What happened to your two year idea? You still haven't fully explained where you came up with the magical number. Can I look forward to greater fortune and higher standard of living by then? I want some assurances.
Lauren Padgett November 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The conversation here is great and I think everyone has brought up some really thoughtful points to chew on. It's interesting in many ways to follow the BL park discussion because many of us just take parks for-granted. I grew up in Tacoma and never really thought about what it would be like if those old parks were just being created... what if Tacoma said no to park creation years ago? What kind of city would we have now? Preserving green space is an essential part of a city's responsibility to its citizens, I believe. Kudos to the city council for pushing it to the April ballot. Now it's up to voters....
Winona Jacobsen December 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
At Tuesday's meeting of the Bonney Lake City Council, a vote was taken, and a proposed Metropolitan Park District (MPD) will be placed on the April 23rd ballot. Thanks to the 5 of 7 council members who voted in favor of this measure. You allowed your constituents to exercise their right of choice. During the past few years, our community has undergone economic hardships like other neighborhoods around the country. Our city parks and the events that have been offered have provided a place for our families to gather, exercise, socialize, and be entertained. Bonney Lake has been fortunate to have a mayor and council who have been able to deal with most of our economic shortfalls with the help and guidance of a very able financial staff, but like everyone on a budget living through these tough times, some services may suffer. Since Bonney Lake does not have a dedicated Park Dept., there is not a “Park Budget” to deal specifically with the needs and growth of our communal facilities. It is an “add on” to the Public Works Department, whose primary concern is roads, sidewalks, storm water, and sewers. These things are crucial to a city, but then parks are also crucial to our quality of life. We need to have a dedicated Park Dept. that does not rely on a Public Works handout from the General Fund to install a new picnic table or repair the swings. We need to consider the advantages of forming an MPD so we will have dedicated funding for our trails, playfields, and parks.

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