Proposal for Elevated Park Lacks Sufficient Funding, Public Input
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County is urging voters to reject Initiative 123, an initiative on the August ballot that calls for the creation of a Preservation and Development Authority to build and operate a one-mile elevated view park when the Alaskan Way Viaduct is torn down.
“Despite the initial appeal of a park said to be in the spirit of New York City’s High Line, the fine print in the initiative itself raises serious questions about its development and funding,” said Seattle-King County League President Amanda Clark.
After months of careful study of the initiative language, interviews with initiative stakeholders, and a thorough review of the League’s prior research on waterfront development, the League released a statement explaining its position. It concluded that in addition to having no identified funding source, adoption of I-123 would “throw away” years of public planning for Seattle’s waterfront, including plans for the Seattle Aquarium. The League has previously supported the current Aquarium plan, which is to build the new additions on land, not over the water, and incorporate the buildings into the view walkway from Pike Place Market.
Clark continued, “Unlike the existing waterfront development plans, which the public has been involved in since 2004, the planning for I-123 has been guided by only a few people and some media outreach.”
The full statement can be found here.
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