Park Countdown

On Tuesday a group of 20 Manette residents met to see how they might be able to save a property they’ve known for decades as a place to learn to ride bikes, play tennis or some kind of recreation. It used to be a reservoir, but now the city is selling it. A developer could put as many as six homes on the site. Residents in the neighborhood want it to be a park and have until Monday to prevent the sale. If they get 100 property owners willing to sign a letter stating they’d be willing to tax themselves to own it, they might pull it off. Look for more later about this later this week in the Kitsap Sun.

6 thoughts on “Park Countdown

  1. I, for one, am willing to put my money where my mouth is. Turning the old reservoir site – a concrete “scab” – into a park, instead of allowing it to go to a developer would be a great save for posterity, and a great example of how a few people can truly make a difference. Sitting in a park that you knew you helped bring about, and that will bring pleasure to generations to follow, would be an awesome experience. Thirty dollars a month is nothing to sneeze at, but hopefully Manette, the proudest neighborhood in Bremerton and recognized as a great place to live, will rise to the occasion. The more properties in an improvement district, the less, of course, each property owner winds up paying. I’m a bit hindered by distance (living in Denver), but anyone associated with the effort who wants or needs my signature can e-mail me at ratzasterik@yahoo.com. (My property, by the way, is on Hayward Avenue, where I plan to live someday.)

  2. Good for you!
    I do not have property in Manette, but would love to see a neighborhood park there and will help any way I can.
    Who is the contact person?

  3. Jennifer, maybe the Sun (Steve) could collect checks or money from folks that may want to contribute a dollar or two to this worthy project for the neighborhood and for the children of the future.
    Sharon

  4. In response to that suggestion, allow me to quote P.J. O’Rourke:

    “I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist’s code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don’t have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.”

    I think someone else should collect the checks.

  5. Exactly right.
    Another phrase might have been:
    “…We journalists don’t have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch where the critters go.”
    Or so it seems to me…

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