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Closing a Woodinville Landmark

Be sure to tell your kids, life is most definitely not fair when dealing with land developers.

October 1, 2012 is the official closed date for the Wellington Hills Golf Course. The Wellington Hills Golf Course is a small golf course, with only 9 holes but a beautiful 'island' it's surrounded by tall trees (Doug Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Big Leaf Maple ) - some as old as 90 years.

Neighbors to Save Wellington Park (NSWP) has hired an attorney to slow down the County's speeding freight train of development (They've been planning this takeover of the golf course for awhile (2006) but didn't tell local residents until May 8, 2012 about their plans.). After attending dozens of meetings over the past months, I half-expect the County to ignore all the rules and to immediately start cutting down the trees and bulldozing the terrain.

Be sure to tell your kids, life is most definitely not fair when dealing with land developers.

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Dale Knapinski October 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
If the park does go in, traffic will increase on 156th Avenue NE. This will make it even less safe for bicyclists, pedestians, and Woodinville residents.The question is, what should be done on 156th? Making road improvements might actually spur new development in Wellington. Keeping things as they are will certainly cause traffic and safety problems. What do Woodinville residents want to see?
Bill Stankus October 04, 2012 at 10:47 PM
To date there hasn't sufficient discussion - or study - concerning how Snohomish County's sports complex will impact 156th, the Woodinville-Duvall Road and Hwy 9 from Woodinville to Costco. The sports complex planners aren't saying much about roads beyond the boundaries of the sports complex. According to their master plan, there will be paved parking for 700+ cars on the plateau (on either side of 240th) AND they’ plan on flattening the grassy hills and dales on the north side of 240th for ADDITIONAL parking during scheduled sports tournaments. What’s the guess? A total of 800, 900 a 1000 or more cars? They’ve also mentioned having businesses within the borders of the sports complex, such as, using the parking lots for farmer's markets and mobile lunch wagons. Also within the sports complex, there will be businesses selling sports gear (clothes, bike accessories, etc.) All these factors point directly to one conclusion: Local Woodinville roads will be even more crowded and more dangerous than they currently are when traffic is bumper to bumper, especially during weekends and evening hours.
savingparks October 05, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Bill, What can people do to help make sure Wellington Park is designed correctly for the community and that Snohomish County does the right thing? How can we the neighbors and citizens help?
Bill Stankus October 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Back in May 2012, when we first heard about Snohomish County's plans, a group of local residents - living in both Sno. and King County) form a group "Neighbors to Save Wellington Park". The purpose of NSWP is, in part, ... "With no real oversight or conversation with this neighborhood, they (Snohomish County) want their master plan approved by the end of July 2012. (That date has been set back, they haven't exactly been clear on when a new date will be but we think it will be November) Therefore, we the neighbors of Wellington Hills, are raising our voices to slow down this unchecked urban development. Our goal is for a thoughtfully developed park in harmony with the neighborhood." You can find contact information at: http://neighborstosavewellingtonpark.blogspot.com you will find phone numbers and email addresses for more information.
Sharon Peterson October 18, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Hi "SavingParks" and all, the best thing folks can do to help Wellington Park be developed as an appropriate use for the land (to avoid erosion, traffic nightmares, emergency/safety/theft issues, and noise/light pollution) is to support the Neighbors to Save Wellington Park. Give time, give money, get involved!! See the web site to which Bill Stankus refers for where to send a check. By taking action NOW, citizens CAN AFFECT the park plans. The worst thing to do is to do nothing!

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