I am writing in support of the proposed metropolitan park district on the University Place ballot April 26.
In 2017, the city of University Place will no longer subsidize the costs for providing recreation programs in our community. If voters approve, a metro park district will be established. It will be given the responsibility to replace that funding and guide the programs. If voters do not approve the MPD, recreation programs will lose their funding.
Our recreation programs and special community events involve people of all ages. They are part of keeping our community healthy and connected – a “community” rather than just a “place.”
Recreation programs provide positive experiences for all ages. Children have wonderful organized play. Sports teams bring teens together with great role models. Community special events give teens the opportunity to exercise leadership and service. The senior center creates opportunities for elders to continue learning and to be connected with community. And volunteers leading these programs find their lives enriched.
We can afford to replace the funding that will be lost. What we can’t afford is losing our community-based recreation programs. Please vote yes on April 26 for a metropolitan park district.