While shopping at Magnolia Farmers Market this afternoon I met some of the volunteers collecting signatures and support for the Friends of Discovery Park effort to return Capehart Housing to Discovery Park.
"Friends of Discovery Park is an all-volunteer group formed in 1974 to defend the integrity of Discovery Park and to create and protect there an open space of quiet and tranquility, a sanctuary where the works of man are minimized. Over the years, FRIENDS has vigilantly resisted a host of proposals by various interests for "just a piece of Discovery Park." If only half of them had been successful, there would have been no park land left. Instead, this unique wild park would be a golf course or an anti-ballistic missile base."
"As a concerned citizen I am deeply disturbed that a private developer has access to 25 acres of land in the center of Discovery Park. This is Seattle's largest park and is one of our greatest treasures with its meadows, forests, beaches and stunning views of Puget Sound. It provides recreation, an escape from the city, and intimate contact with nature and is perhaps the finest urban park in the country."
"This land was 'originally acquired by the military without charge for the creation of Fort Lawton. As the Navy no longer deems the Capehart housing useful to house military personnel the property must rightfully be returned to the City of Seattle for permanent inclusion in Discovery Park. In 1986, the Seattle City Council adopted the Discovery Park Development plan that calls for the eventual inclusion of the military housing areas in the park and for the 66-unit Capehart tract ultimately to be removed and converted to open space."
This organization is working really hard for all of us here in Seattle and they need all the support they can get. Our signatures, time, emails, calls and letters are of essence before the city's biggest park is turned into a private million dollar home gated fortress. These are the people to contact . Make your opinion heard.
To read more about Discovery Park and the preservation efforts please visit Friends of Discovery Park