BHAS Endorses Tumwater’s Ballot Measure on Parks and Recreation
Black Hills Audubon has endorsed Tumwater’s proposed MPD (Metropolitan Parks District), which would provide funds for parks and recreation facilities by levying a higher property tax. The principle of this tax is similar to that of the recent Olympia Parks measure that was instrumental in the preservation of LBA Woods and which was also endorsed by BHAS. The Tumwater proposal will be on the ballot this November in that city.
In addition to developing neighborhood parks and general park maintenance, these funds would be used to complete part of the Deschutes Valley Trail, connecting Tumwater Historical Park with Pioneer Park, and to help purchase additional park land and environmentally sensitive areas, as opportunities arise. Having such funds available as properties become available is essential as housing and commercial development proceed in Tumwater and our area in general.