Letters and Public Comments

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, March 3, 2015

This field represents a corporate need to create more profit through the renting out of its services. I do not want to see this happen. There are already enough sports complexes and fields in Woodinville. We do not need another. It is just going to upset the environment and locals in the area. Stop the creating of a Safeco Field-sized sports park in the middle of a rural neighborhood! Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, February 23, 2015

Fifty shades of green. That is what can be seen while walking amongst the evergreen trees and shrubs in Wellington Park. Neighbors to Save Wellington Park continues to advocate to preserve these rolling hills from being bulldozed and covered with artificial turf and asphalt. Visit the park through the photos on our (this) website. Read more 

Public Comment, Snohomish County Planning Commission, October 8, 2014

The classification of Wellington Hills Park as a Community Park is misleading and incorrect.  It destroys an existing park and allows unnecessary commercial endeavors in the form of public-private partnerships to move into the rurally zoned areas of our county. This plan needs to go back to the drawing board. Read more

Public Comment, Snohomish County Planning Commission, October 8, 2014

Wellington Hills is a rurally zoned area and rural areas should not be easy targets for urbanization. Developments in rural areas should be limited to activities that continue to promote rural character. But the current proposal for multiple lighted fields and hundreds of parking stalls is clearly urban … as are the noise and traffic that will be produced by sports events. Read more

Public Comment, Woodinville City Council Meeting, September 9, 2014

The City of Woodinville is at a crossroads.  It must decide how it will respond to the pressures of growth.  Of particular importance is whether or not the city will continue to protect its residents from what its neighbor, the Snohomish County Parks Department, would do if it were to proceed unrestrained. Bordering your city limits, a commercial sports complex, masquerading as a community park, threatens Woodinville’s reputation of “country living, city style”. Read more

Public Comment, Woodinville City Council Meeting, September 9, 2014

The discussion should not be about mitigation. In fact, the very notion of mitigation, relative to their sports complex plan, assumes the sports complex is the only choice for Wellington Hills Park. Instead, I encourage you to represent the interests of our shared community by insisting that the City become a partner in the design and development of Wellington Hills Park.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, March 10, 2014

What`s wrong with just telling the truth for a change? Personally, I love the idea of a community park and so do most of my neighbors, however a park that remains true to the nature of the local community with the emphasis on nature, as in NATURAL.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, March 10, 2014

The one accurate thing he said is that the Wellington area is a buffer between the commercial and industrial area and the residential area. A buffer which Teigen wants to eliminate by filling the area with a commercial complex. “They say we’re ruining the rural character, but we’re actually preserving it,” he said. No doubt Mr Teigen also believes he has to destroy the village to save it.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, March 3, 2014

I also noted on the County website that the name of this development started out as "Wellington Hills Regional Sports Complex" with comments by the Parks Director stating "not just a sports park but an economic driver of the region," and the hope to "draw regional and national tournaments on a regular basis." He later attempted to deny his position (Woodinville Weekly article 5/6/2013) stating "when you say this is a regional sports complex, we simply don't agree with that," and that the park would host lacrosse/soccer tournaments "once a year, if we're lucky," Which statements are we to believe?.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, March 3, 2014

If the [Woodinville] Weekly wants “fairness” and it wants to give “equal time” to citizens and to Snohomish County’s Director of Parks, then it should do a bit of investigative reporting.  If they do their homework, the proposal for a sport complex will look like a nightmare.  

Letters to the Editor, Everett Herald, February 21, 2014

In the public's best interest, I suggest the only way to proceed is to demand an Environmental Impact Study. The county's development of this site, as currently proposed, is not just a localized issue. Rather, it is an issue that will affect all Snohomish County residents due to its numerous environmental impacts, community altering effects and the high costs for construction and maintenance. Read more

Public Comment, Snohomish County Council Operations Committee Meeting, January 28, 2014

The resubmission of your Parks Department’s request for a permit to move approximately 250,000 cubic yards of dirt has prompted me to appear before you today. The fact that this permit request precedes an approved park plan is just one in a long list of strategies attempted by Parks to circumvent GMA requirements in order to place a commercial use sports complex in a rurally zoned (R-5) area.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, January 27, 2014

Does the Snohomish County Council or the Parks Department understand the difference between "appropriate" and "inappropriate" or the concept of fiscal responsibility? Their plan to replace Wellington Hills Park with a "regional tournament-level athletic field site" puts both the City of Woodinville and south Snohomish County in a precarious situation.  Read more

Letter, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, January 6, 2014

In regard to the Wellington Hills Park project, Tom Teigen and the Snohomish County Parks Department need special attention. There is absolutely no faith is this department as we citizens have been the victims of sneaky tactics from the beginning and an agenda to steamroll a mega sports complex into our rural community without due process. This is a situation of government gone amuck. There are so many problems. I’m certain you are aware of these facts, but here’s a short refresh of a couple dirty moves. Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, April 29, 2013

On April 19, Neighbors to Save Wellington Park filed a complaint in Superior Court challenging the proposed development of the Wellington Hills Park and citing the Land Use Protection Act (LUPA). The City of Woodinville filed a similar appeal in Superior Court.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, February 18, 2013

Neighbors to Save Wellington Park (NSWP) invites you to attend a community meeting in which you will hear the facts about the park and learn exactly what you can do to effect change, protect your quality of life and support a legal challenge to the plan to replace the park with a regional sports complex. Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, February 18, 2013

The County has spent in excess of $10 million, but has yet to produce a formal needs analysis or summary of input from a majority of the community about the features they would like and use in any park design. Few of us would spend over $10 million without clearly demonstrating a need and a future use for any building project.  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, November 28, 2012

The intensity of the “more comments” referenced but not included in the [SnoCo Parks Advisory Board] minutes would show just how divisive this issue has become. The Parks Department is claiming it is just meeting contractual obligations imposed by the Brightwater Mitigation Agreement and that there is a local public demand for a sports-complex at Wellington, a claim that is as yet undocumented.  Read more

Letter, Snohomish County Council Member Brian Sullivan, November 23, 2012

We were very interested in the fact that you wanted to see Brightwater mitigation money used positively for our communities and that your views on the flaws in the community involvement program seemed to coincide with our own. It was very encouraging to note that on November 19, Snohomish County Council voted to defer action on the Parks Department budget, possibly for some of the same reasons we discussed at our meeting:  Read more

Letters to the Editor, Woodinville Weekly, August 28, 2012

As the sunny warm days of summer draw near an end, there are winds of change blowing through the stately old trees on Wellington Hills Golf Course. If you happen to listen, you will hear the worried whispers warning of what is proposed to arrive in early fall.  The earthmovers, bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks are lined up ready to roar into action and crawl across the beautifully rolling hills. Their single purpose is to flatten the rolling hills into a tabletop, fit only for the construction of what’s to come.  Read more

Letter, Snohomish County Executive, Snohomish County Council and Woodinville City Council, August 15, 2012

We are all for a quality, peaceful neighborhood park here, but definitely not a sports park of the magnitude that is being suggested by the parks department. The landscape and natural layout of this property are so unique and beautiful it would be a shame to scrape it flat and mold it to other uses. Why is it so necessary to ‘bend’ this outstanding natural habitat to accommodate people rather than using what is naturally here and having people ‘bend’ to its natural design in the form of a completely unique habitat and park for everyone to enjoy? Beautiful landscapes and natural formations are becoming more and more rare and unusual as the land is manipulated and transformed to cater to the current popular sports and that seems like such a shame.  Read more

Email to Friends and Community, August 15, 2012

Please pass this message on to your Woodinville friends and neighbors if you too don’t agree with this new Wellington golf replacement park plan by Snohomish County. Although I don’t oppose a park in this space and a few fields, my question is do we really want a mega Starfire like soccer complex right in our backyards? Shouldn’t it be somewhere in between. This will change the rural landscape of Woodinville forever.  Read more

Letter, Snohomish County Council Member Dave Somers, June 2012

This [Wellington Hills Park] proposal needs to be reconsidered with more time spent considering us “locals” and what we would like to see happen to this area. “We are going to build it and YOU are going to LIKE IT” is not what we want to hear.  Let us have a voice in what needs to be done!  Read more