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Si View Metropolitan Park District

Proposition No. 1
Improvement Bonds to Connect and Protect Parks, Trails and Recreational Facilities

The Board of Park Commissioners of the Si View Metropolitan Park District adopted Resolution No. 2018-03 concerning parks, trails and recreational facility improvements.

This proposition authorizes the District to construct and improve multiuse trails linking greenspaces, neighborhoods, regional trails and riverfront access; improve, construct, and/or equip Tollgate Farm Park, Torguson Park, Tennant Trailhead Park, the North Bend Train Depot and other District park, recreational and support facilities; acquire and develop property for recreational use; issue up to $14,795,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a 30 year term; and levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds.

Shall this proposition be approved?

Approved

Rejected


Proposition 1 authorizes the Si View Metropolitan Park District to develop, construct and improve trails linking greenspaces, regional trails, mountain bike trails and riverfront access, improving connectivity and providing safe routes between neighborhood parks and green spaces; acquire and develop real property for recreational use; and improve, develop and equip existing park and recreational facilities to support expanded recreational, educational and agricultural activities.  Improvements include adding lighting, irrigation, fencing and landscaping and improving the skate park at Torguson Park; developing facilities at Tollgate Farm Park to support agricultural, educational and recreational activities; adding parking, multipurpose trails and mountain bike trails at Tennant Trailhead Park; rehabilitating the North Bend Train Depot and surrounding park; and improving, rehabilitating, developing and equipping other park and recreational facilities, support facilities, parks and trails of the District.

The District conducted a needs assessment and adopted a 2017 Comprehensive Parks Plan, a six-year guide and strategic plan for managing and enhancing park, trail and recreational services within the District.  Based upon the needs assessments and goals and priorities set forth in the Plan, the District has found that it is necessary to undertake certain preservation and improvement projects in order to maintain existing recreational facilities and meet the recreational needs of a rapidly growing population in Snoqualmie Valley.  

Proposition 1 authorizes the issuance of $14,795,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 30 years and the levy of annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds (estimated impact of $7.87 per month on a $500,000 home).

 

Si View is vital to improving the quality of life through parks and recreation in Snoqualmie Valley. Today, our community’s recreation needs are outpacing available spaces and services. We need to expand our trail network to connect neighborhoods to community parks and regional trails. We need to preserve open space for future parks while land is available. We need to upgrade existing facilities to expand programming to serve our growing community. It’s time to Connect and Protect Our Trails and Parks with your Yes vote for Si View.

Trail Connections: Safe walking and biking routes are vital for a healthy community. A connected trail network of community parks and regional trails provides exiting new and local opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Facility Improvements: Torguson and Tollgate parks are loved and heavily used. Improvements permit expanded recreational, educational and agricultural usage. North Bend Train Depot is underutilized. Improvements will create an inviting central community gathering space. Growing programs need well maintained facilities.

Future Parks: Open spaces that you can walk or bike to are disappearing fast, we must act now while space is still available to ensure all neighborhoods can be connected to future community parks.

Please vote Yes for Si View!

Submitted by: Fritz Ribary, connectandprotectparks@gmail.com

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

60% yes vote with minimum turnout of 1,751 voters (Wash. Const. art. 7, sec. 2(b))

Travis Stombaugh, Executive Director, 425-831-1900, tstombaugh@siviewpark.org

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