The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Gateway Pacific Terminal regarding its opposition to the passage of coal trains through the Seattle area. The letter is to be included as part of the official public comments in the Environmental Impact Statement.
In the letter, the Board expressed concern about air, water, soil and noise pollution, train accidents, park access delays, derailment and reduced property values. The Board also pointed out the connection between burning coal and global climate change and its impact on Seattle Parks and Recreation, which is the steward of the City’s public parks and open spaces.
“We are concerned about the health of our parks, the people who use them and the wildlife that lives in them,” said Diana Kincaid, Park Board Chair. “We believe not enough has been done to fully understand the long-term health impacts of increasing the number of trains carrying coal through our City. Our hope is that impacts to the health of our parklands are fully understood before next steps are taken.”
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program. Current members are Antoinette Angulo, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.
The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.
For more information about the Board’s position on the coal trains, please contact Park Board Chair Diana Kincaid at 206-781-2525 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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