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Posted on: July 25, 2017

Town Hall Meeting discussing parks, open space and trails held July 18, 2017

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More than 50 community members attended the City of North Bend Town Hall Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at Mount Si Senior Center. The meeting provided an opportunity to present current and future projects and to gauge North Bend citizens’ levels of interest about acquiring more parks, open space and trails.

It was clear from public comments that citizens support the City and community’s vision of maintaining North Bend’s rural character and preserving the rural character and natural beauty. An informal vote, consisting of placing stickers on presentation boards, demonstrated a strong interest in assembling a war chest to allow the City to act in an expeditious fashion to preserve open space and property from development. A war chest is a designated sum of money set by City Council dedicated to funding parks, open space and trails projects.

Community members also prioritized existing planned park and trail projects and future projects through the voting process. The citizens voted Tanner Trail along North Bend Way, River Levee Trails and Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead as the top three future trail projects. The top voted future park projects were Dahlgren Family Park and Whitewater Access Improvement to Tanner Landing Park, Spray Park and adding new playground equipment at Si View Neighborhood Park and EJ Roberts Park.

Although the city far exceeds the national level of required parks and open space, residents voted unanimously in support of a bond measure ranging from seven to $10 million dollars for additional parks, open space and trails. This bond measure would require a 50% majority approval and would span nine years.

The City wants to thank all the citizens who sacrificed family time in order to provide this invaluable information as the city continues to plan for future open space, trails and parks. For more information, contact Mike McCarty or Lynn Hyde from the City’s Community and Economic Development Department at mmccarty@northbendwa.gov or lhyde@northbendwa.gov.
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