As of May 23, 1,574 community members have signed the Community Forest Consensus.
See public signers and read their comments HERE
The Port of Seattle proposes commercial airport structures on 31 acres of forest and bicycle trails in North SeaTac Park. It proposes building on an additional est. 75+ acres of now mostly tree-covered land near the airport.
This park was created to compensate area residents for airport impacts. The trees in & near it protect residents from airport pollution.
See all public signers and read their comments HERE.
Allison Ostrer, Certified Spanish Interpreter
Back Alley Honey, LLC
Boulevard Park Community Action Network
Community Visions (Burien)
Java the Hut (Coffee stand @Des Moines Memorial Dr. S. & S. 128th - across the street from the park)
Thousands of people once lived on North SeaTac Park’s 200 acres. By the 1990s, the Port of Seattle had used eminent domain to remove them, along with their homes, schools and businesses, for airport expansion. The public was told that this land would be a park in order to compensate area residents for severe cumulative airport impacts.
But now, the Port proposes, in its Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) and Real Estate Strategic Plan, (RESP) to commercially develop an estimated 107+ acres of mostly tree-covered land in this community - including 31 acres inside the park.
In the North SeaTac Park community - in fact for ten miles around the airport, and most deadly the closer you get - airport pollution is linked to babies being born early and underweight, children having learning problems, and people living sicker and dying younger from a wide range of diseases including cardiovascular, heart, and respiratory.
To help keep this deadly pollution out of people’s lungs and homes Public Health Seattle-King County recommended increasing green space and tree canopy in this community.
The Port proposes to do the opposite and remove over 100+ acres of greenspace.
This harm this would cause would be a special injustice in a community where people already face disparities in health, income, wealth, and risk factors compared with the rest of the county, where higher numbers of people are immigrants and children, and where the majority of those in King County who identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, make their homes.
We envision North SeaTac Park and its surrounding forest restored and protected for the health, well-being and delight of the people and that people in all neighborhoods throughout our region can live within vibrant urban forests where tree-lined corridors connect with parks, forestland, and cool, green spaces to play, relax, and gather in. This Consensus, with your support, can bring that vision closer to reality.
Til last summer (2021), the Port’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan proposed to destroy 11 acres of forested land within the park for a parking lot. It withdrew that proposal after 2,400 people signed a petition against it.
Please join us in calling on the Port to also halt these even more consequential deforestation plans and commit to anti-sprawl practices to save our park and community trees.
The Port of Seattle “states the Park is the culmination of a long term and very open planning process to compensate the area’s residents for cumulative airport impacts. According to the Aviation Division, the Park is the best compatible use of a severely airport-impacted area".
Federal Aviation Administration Compliance Reviews of Airport Noise Land Use & Financial Operations 2016 p. 11.
“The City of SeaTac is undergoing a renaissance and has ambitious plans underway throughout the city. North SeaTac Park will be the major park for the city, a focal point for civic pride and energy.”
Jones & Nones, submitted to CIty of SeaTac and King County, North SeaTac Master Plan Draft, June 26, 1992