We don't need more parks. WTF? Just because YOU don't use them doesn't mean the rest of Seattle doesn't. In this line of thinking, I don't have children, ergo, why should we, the taxpayers, spend money on schools? Shouldn't the parents just pay ALL the costs? After all, I don't use them!
Seriously, I am a huge supporter of the Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Ballard actually has less parks than a lot of neighborhoods. One of the most serious problems in our nation's health is the lack of exercise, especially among the young. Childhood obesity and diabetes are at an all time high...and junk food and computer games aren't the only culprits. We should have more parks, upgrade the ones we have, and if you don't take advantage of them; well, that's your loss. People may tend to forget that "Parks" also includes our swimming pools, beaches and lakes. I'd say those venues were pretty heavily used this summer- the Times had pictures of people standing in line to get into the pool at Magnolia. (or it was on the Magnolia blog.) As more people live in condos and apartments,it is even more important to have parks and green space.
What? You don't swim? You don't own a dog to walk in the park? You never go on a picnic? Your kid doesn't play tennis/soccer/lacrosse?
In the last month, I probably went to Sunset Hill park 20 times, Green Lake once, Golden Gardens once, Bergen Park 4x, Marvin Gardens-innumerable, Gasworks once, Ballard Commons 6 or 7 times, Cowen park once. And the only reason I didn't go to the Ballard pool is because I belong to the Olympic AC. (and I can't get out much-herniated disc.)
One of the great benefits of our public Parks and Rec. facitilies is that they are available to the lumpen proletariat,for lack of a better term. The rich have private clubs and pools, the middle class can join a health club with a pool if they can afford it, but the parks are available for EVERYONE to enjoy. And if you don't have a backyard , why, you can use Golden Gardens for a barbeque.
I suppose we don't need the National Parks, either?