Friends of "John Nelson Park" at Strawberry Cannery Cove shared a day of warmth and song Saturday, Sept. 11, in the scenic cove at the Head-of-Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Is., WA. It was the eve of the scheduled demolition of the historic cove by the City of Bainbridge Island.
Bill McKibben is going to accompany the students of Unity Collegewhere the solar panels installed in 1976 on the roof of the White House under Jimmy Carter had been stored since they were put down by Ronald Reagan (in 1986). Time to put them back (or new more performing ones) on. Follow their road trip from Maine to the White House on their blog:
From Gerald who keeps the faith and invites us to stand up again for a real park not the shadow of one.
Wednesday night, Aug. 25 at 7:05 PM is a VERY important opportunity at City Council chambers to share your thoughts about the City's plan to excavate and destroy the shore side meadows, cove and parking at Strawberry Cannery Cove Waterfront Park. Please speak now. Your voice matters.
Roger van Gelder is a Winslow resident, civil engineer, professional environmental consultant and 12 year member of the Bainbridge Is. Road End Committee. He shares his thoughts on Cannery Cove.
Gerald also informs us that the "Strawberry (Cannery) Park Restoration Project" is -again- on the Bainbridge Island City Council agenda for a 20 minute discussion next Wednesday, July 21 at 7 PM. Attend and show your representatives you are very concerned about their decisions.
Friends of Cannery Cove is now on line with a nice set of pictures and all the information you need to keep advocating for a real public park at Cannery Cove, that would respect the wishes of John Nelson thanks to whom this property was given to the community.
I asked Dee what she thought about the Strawberry Park/Cannery Cove debate. Below is her answer. (The picture is by Judie Elfendahl -thanks Judie- and came from a different email). What are the other candidates and elected officials thinking?
My first concern about the Cannery Cove issue is
how one city employee, with no apparent public input and no apparent
permission from the council to seek a grant, could spend 2 years working on a
proposal, secure a grant, and THEN present it to the public as a fait accompli.
Apparently, the grant money is once again being used as a weapon against the
public...'how dare we turn this down, it's being paid for by someone
Thinking about what happened to the trees at the ferry terminal parking I wondered about existing city regulations elsewhere. Just google parking lots and trees: here comes the regulation adopted by the city of Sacramento. It is about shading trees but it makes perfect sense to require the presence/planting/maintenance of trees on parking lots. Looks like the city is going to hire a consultant...and as usual such regulations already exist.
Reading the February 20 issue of the Bainbridge Review we don't learn what firm was responsible for this job. A manager for Diamond Parking does not provide any specific information nor apologize for anything wrong. The City acquiesces by saying nothing inherently wrong (illegal) was done and we get the usual argument about private property. Diamond Parking is a big corporation, they claim to be the biggest private parking company in the world (and I bet they are). It is not clear that they were in charge of this "pruning" as they could only be in charge of operating the parking while the property is owned by somebody else. This somebody else could be an entity called Winslow Marine LLC but the property tax map does not provide any clue about who they are, but for the address of an accounting firm in Bellevue. I think the people deemed "responsible" should publicly say so and offer a compensation to our community or explain to us why all is well. What type of compensation? They could plant more/new trees in this parking lot and/or provide money for trees to be planted. They should come up with internal guidelines to avoid such bad practices in the future.
Green Voices For Bainbridge Island is a new site devoted to environmental issues. I discovered them via Rachel Pritchett's article in the Bainbridge Islander (print) but it is also in her blog: thank you Rachel :) The Green Voices site includes a very sobering assessment of the total neglect of our elected elected officials and of the people who have been in charge of open space toward parks in Winslow. It's probably because most of them don't live downtown. Disastrous non planning and missed opportunities. A very different view from the usual fuzzy congratulatory articles about the pseudo wonderful work of the open space commission.
The Community Forestry Commission (pdf) is holding an open house session on Tuesday September 12 from 7 to 9 PM. I am not sure there is much to gain but if a few good people wish to attend. Maybe you can also email your suggestions? So many of our previous suggestions have been totally ignored it's hard to persist but what else is there to do? All my best wishes to the people who want to attend. If someone wants to take a digital mp3 recorder contact me and I'll lend you one.
My name is Dan Hagen. Joyce Hansen and I own a piece of waterfront property Next to Driftwood cove and beneath Southworth Landing communities, about 2 miles sound on the beach from the Southworth Ferry.
A developer is suing us to try and enforce a very poorly written "view addendum". At issue is the view that his housing development had in 2001.
Diane Horn hosts a public interest radio program entitled the sustainability segment on KEXP that airs at the typical 7 am on saturdays. Her guest last saturday was Donald Shoup, THE expert on parking issues. He explains the high cost of so called free parking and offers alternative strategies that should be considered for Winslow. Maybe Islandwood could invite Shoup for a conference (and some local consulting)? LISTEN and spread the word :)
Dear Council members, I wish to record my great disappointment at the tree cutting rampage that has occurred in the past couple of weeks on the island. Without a tree ordinance and lack of enforcement, tree cutting companies have discovered that they have free reign to take down magnificent healthy trees with no consideration for the subsequent cost to the environment.
Michael McCloskey has spent more than 40 years of his life with the Sierra Club. He talks about the book he just published about his experience. This presentation was recorded at the Elliott Bay Bookstore. Listen (1 hour 20 minutes)
The bad news is I have been frustrated with our local media (The Bainbridge Review, the Kitsap Sun, the Bainbridge Islander, BIB) for quite a while. I think the City website is abysmal and our elected officials totally fail in responding to our needs to be informed about what's happening to our community under their watch.