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The "Protect Our Parks" initiative campaign continues to confuse and divide our community. Taking the issue to a vote would likely add further confusion or worse, indifference. The initiative as written could lead to unexpected park usage restrictions on activities citizens enjoy and have come to expect.
Community Events, May 2016
If you "decline to sign" the petition requiring the City Council to place a parklands protection initiative on the November ballot, then:
I have heard from Mercer Island residents and families involved with Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) that the program could be in jeopardy. This saddens me greatly as I have been a huge fan of YTN for 17 years.
There's no doubt that everyone on the Island supports our high quality parks and arts programs. We're fortunate to live in a city with such wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature and culture right in our backyards.
The right, and the power, of voting is a bedrock of our democracy. But a small group of Mercer Island citizens backing private development on public parkland is encouraging citizens not only to refrain from voting, but to prevent others from voting.