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Support Trails and Culture at the Bonney Lake Parks Summit

Discussion regarding the future of Parks in Bonney Lake.

As advertised in Patch yesterday, Bonney Lake Parks Summit will be held on Monday, May 7 at 6:00 pm in the Justice Center located at 9002 Main Street in Bonney Lake.

It appears that the focus of the Parks Summit is to hear from as many of us as possible regarding what we’d like to have in the way of parks in Bonney Lake. My guess is that the survey done by the Bonney Lake Park Board in 2010, with 75 percent of the respondents voting for trails, is no longer acceptable and the City is looking to support justification for building Sports Fields and/or a Sports Complex.

Being a former coach in the Sumner Soccer Club (SSC) I’m certainly in favor of the addition of sports fields in/around Bonney Lake, where needed. At current count SSC is using about 13 fields here on the plateau, and baseball is using 20, some of which are the same fields so teams may have to compete with each other for use. If we are going to build new fields I want them built in areas where they will not adversely impact the environment, especially Fennel Creek.   

That said, as a former Bonney Lake Park Board member I strongly support the 75 percent vote for trails and would like to know why Bonney Lake after 7 years of talking about the Fennel Creek Trail still has no trail built? When are we going to start moving this project forward? After five years the Safe Streets project creating an ADA compliant trail from Fennel Creek up the steep slope toward Victor Falls School may begin soon. While this is nice and will benefit the students attending Victor Falls Elementary, it will do very little to promote the trail along Fennel Creek. As stated above the Fennel Creek Trail project has been languishing for 7 years.  A trail can initially be nothing more than cleared areas that provide a path through a forest, like the trails in Mid-town Park. I use the Mid-town Park trails only as an example because they do not have a long life time ahead of them. When Quadrant decides to develop this forest, it will be clear cut and all current trails will for the most part be eliminated, which is why, we need to get to work on the Fennel Creek Trail plan that was approved in 2005 without further delay.

Thanks for your time. I hope to see you at the Justice Center on May 7th helping us to support development of the Fennel Creek Trail and addition of an Arts and Cultural Heritage Center in Bonney Lake.

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dadX2 April 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
You quote the percent who voted for trails in this survey - and I wonder what was the vote for sports fields? If the number of fields you are quoting includes the use of school district grass spaces that are always under water, overgrown, full of pot holes and overall dangerous to players at best the TRUE number of safe and useable fields is a much smaller number. I think a collaborative effort to include some for all will be an easier "sell" to voters than an all or nothing approach.
Laurie Carter April 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM
The Park Element of the Bonney Lake Comp Plan has the inventory of parks usedm goals and the National Recreational and Park Association guidelines based on population I believe would answer your questions. Here is the link: http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/UserFiles/File/Business_Downloads/Comprehensive_Plans/Parks%20Element.pdf
Lady Hawk April 26, 2012 at 06:48 PM
My family has been involved in soccer and baseball for many years as players, coach, and sports club board member. The challenges of playing and practicing on fields that are in good condition and conveniently located have always been with us, so it is nothing new. Although the various sports venues represent just a fraction of the total enrollment of the student population of the three different school districts that service the plateau, organized sports do not fulfill the recreational needs for the majority of Bonney Lake’s citizens. DadX2 proclaims the advantages to the local economy of having sports teams and tournaments at a complex in Bonney Lake, but fails to actively support the need for other, more all encompassing passive recreational pursuits like a trail system which has proven to provide an economic stimulus in other communities. Bonney Lake is blessed with a perfect natural corridor along Fennel Creek, and although a plan for a trail has been in place for several years, no progress can yet be seen to making it a reality, and I don't believe any funding has been budgeted by the city. A Safe Streets grant that the city received may soon see a trail that crosses Fennel Creek, allowing an alternate route for students to access Victor Falls Elementary, but this is not part of the Fennel Creek Trail Plan. Part I of II
Lady Hawk April 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Part II of II The city would like to see a park district formed, and they believe that by appealing to the soccer, baseball, and football clubs and promising to build more fields and a large complex, they may get the support needed to fund construction. The problem is that usually passive recreationalists and individual sports enthusiasts do not have clubs to act as lobbyists for their interests. How can we let the mayor and council understand that a park district must meet the needs of everyone? Attend the Bonney Lake Parks Summit on May 7th at the Justice Center.
dadX2 April 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Lady Hawk - I do not "fail to actively support the need for other, more all encompassing passive recreational pursuits like a trail system....". No where do I state I am against such a project, I was just questioning the results for the sports fields in the quoted survey. I support any and all additions to the recreational enjoyment of our community for every citizen. Thank you to Ms. Carter for the link to the Park Element - it was very informative.
Lady Hawk April 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Kudos DadX2! Your statement " I support any and all additions to the recreational enjoyment of our community for every citizen" is something that our Mayor and council needs to hear. In addition, balanced funding opportunities would better reflect the overall park needs of our community.
Fred Jacobsen April 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
At dadx2: I see that you’ve already gone to the link posted by Ms. Carter so you know what the percentage of votes for sports fields was. In regards to your statement about the school district, or for that matter, city parks having “fields that are under water, overgrown, full of pot holes, dangerous to players”, wouldn’t it be cheaper to repair those public fields with public funds than to build new fields, or a sports complex with even more public funds? I like your comment about “a collaborative effort to include some for all” and I also like your statement to Lady Hawk “no where do I state that I’m against a project”, neither do I state that I’m against any project. If we have overall dangerous fields, let’s fix them so they’re not dangerous. If we need to build new, which I believe we probably do, let’s find some good suitable flat ground away from environmentally sensitive areas, like Fennel Creek, to build those new fields. In regards to trails, this city has frittered away far too much time talking and very little doing. If we’d put our volunteers to work 7 years ago we’d probably have had trail through most of our already public owned land along Fennel Creek. WSDOT has made allowance for public access and trail through their recent mitigation site. What has the City of Bonney Lake done with any of its land adjacent to Fennel Creek other than the crossing of the creek that will be used for Safe Streets
Fred Jacobsen April 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Thanks for posting the link.
Fred Jacobsen April 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Thanks for your comments. Hope to see you at the Parks Summit on May 7th.
Fred Jacobsen April 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I just heard from another reader that the City of Bonney Lake had no line item budget for the Fennel Creek Trail in either the 2011, or 2012 budget. I hope that's not the case?
Lady Hawk April 29, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I just received a flyer about supporting the Fennel Creek Trail. I hope that I successfully uploaded it. If anyone has concerns about the current lack of enough parks and facilities in Bonney Lake, then I hope you will attend the first ever Parks Summit on May 7. Its the first time that we the citizens will have the opportunity to let the city know what we want. I hope one of your priorities will include a Fennel Creek Trail.

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