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My wife has been working with scores of students and parents to improve Luther Burbank Park through art. It's wonderful that we also have folks willing to improve Mercerdale park through the arts.
Community Events, April 2016
For decades, Islanders have demonstrated via the ballot box and other means that parks are valuable assets to the overall well-being of the Island. The recently-completed Island-wide telephone survey the council sponsored once again confirms that belief. In one question asking Islanders about their top priorities for funding, "maintaining parks, trails and open space" was number three of nine listed possibilities.
As Mercer Island residents, we are dismayed by the "Protect our Parks" petition. We support our parks and the diverse activities our Island provides. Our vision of the Island is one of diversity. We love the Saturday soccer and the flag-ridden streets on July Fourth, the Rotary Run and our Mercer Island parade. The petition pursues a course to limit this community vision and to stifle the diverse activity our parks provide. It lacks the belief that we will defend our Island's rich natural parks.
The "fighting" over Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) seems to be getting more heated each week.
I've been watching and reading the debate on the MICA proposal. I still have a couple of questions and concerns, such as how did MICA/YTN get the go-ahead versus other deserving nonprofits? We could have an excellent disability center that would serve a deserving multi-generational community who historically is underserved. Were other nonprofits allowed to make a proposal or was this just the City Council's pocket decision?