Seattle needs stable, dedicated funding for the city’s beloved neighborhood parks, ballfields and community centers. Proposition 1 on the August primary ballot will provide that support, and Washington Bikes board of directors has voted to support it.
Washington Bikes joins dozens of other respected environmental, human services, labor and other organizations in enthusiastically supporting Proposition 1. Seattle parks are public facilities and should be accessible to all who live there. That means existing parks need access points that safely and easily bring citizens traveling by foot and bike into the parks. It also means that parks exist in all neighborhoods so anyone in Seattle can have easy access to a park facility for recreation.
Prop 1 will work to improve park access. Prop 1 will also deliver needed improvements, providing major maintenance at parks across the city, funds for community center staffing and programs for seniors and kids, as well as supporting the addition of new parkland in underserved areas and to meet increased demand.
Proposition 1 will replace an expiring levy, and this dedicated parks district funding will cost the owner of a typical $400,000 only about $4 a month more than what they are currently paying. A citizen-led committee recommended replacing the expiring levy with this lasting park district solution designed to address a $267 million maintenance backlog and meet the recreation needs of America’s fastest growing city.
If you live in Seattle, we urge you to support Prop 1.