Public lands, public no more
An apartment developer is suing the city of Sumner over the municipality's plan to sell a municipal golf course, The News Tribune reported today. Investco's Six Kilns Apartment — a complex planned near the Sumner Meadows Golf Links — alleges that the sale of open space violates the city's own open space plans. The city tells The News Tribune's Kari Plog that's not so, and the land won't necessarily be converted to an industrial warehouse park development, as Six Kilns alleges. Holy mackerel. Would somebody tell the city that once public land is gone, it's gone. They ain't making no more (except on Hawaii's Big Island).
Military beefing up
The Pentagon plans to base more units at both Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen said today. The Navy wants to double, to nearly 50, the number of anti-submarine P-8A Poseidon airplanes it will assign to Whidbey. The Poseidons are a new Boeing long-range jet equipped with torpedos, missiles, bombs and mines; the planes can be used for surveillance, reconnaissance and sea or air battles.
At Everett, the Navy is accelerating its schedule to bring in three destroyers, which will replace three frigates that are being mothballed, the congressman said. And the Navy told him it plans to keep Everett as the homeport for the aircraft carrier through 2020.
Larsen said, "“I have worked for over a decade with local leaders to make the case to the Navy why Northwest Washington is the best place to base these assets. The Navy clearly agrees." Well, now we know the low-profile congressman has been doing something.
Plan your parks
Seattle Parks Department next week will kick off a series of meetings that will have a big say in the future of the city's open space and recreational opportunities. The hearings will focus on the department's recent Parks Legacy Plan, which says the city's ability to maintain and operate parks is not keeping pace with land acquisitions. The draft plan appears to lay the groundwork for a new parks levy to go before voters as early as next year.
One issue that seems likely to surface: Will the levy add to the city's increasing reliance on special levies to fund day-to-day operations? The hearings on the plan begin with a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Parks and Administration Building, 100 Dexter Ave. N. Details on the series of meetings around the city through May 22 are here.
A Bloomsday scorcher
It looks like the weather for Sunday's Bloomsday run in Spokane will be the warmest in 21 years, according to The Spokesman-Review. So, drink lots of liquids, OK? And enjoy. If you're suddenly inspired — by the weather, the urge to defy people who want to scare others, the presence of 78-year-old SI cover guy Bill Iffrig or other Boston Marathon participants who undoubtedly will be there without the same publicity — you've got unil 6:30 p.m. Saturday to register in person: details here.
The weather will be great. There are lots of events. And the events will mean that people should be ready for occasional traffic disruptions, the Seattle Department of Transportation says. The Opening Day Boat Parade and Windermere Cup race will close the Montlake Bridge much of the day Saturday. Many streets around Seattle Center and in Belltown will be closed Saturday morning for the annual March of Dimes for Babies. And there will be several other events, including a 5K run, a food truck rodeo and Cinco de Mayo parties, creating street closures. Details here. Plus, there will be a weekend closure of the Mercer on- and off-ramps to I-5.
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