Neighbors Protecting North SeaTac Park

Acknowledgments

Grateful thanks to City of SeaTac officials, Port Commissioners and staff, FAA personnel, elected officials from six different jurisdictions, candidates, nonprofit organizations, and each one of over 2,400 community members who stepped up to defend North SeaTac Park.

The Port’s announcement that it will no longer build an 11-acre parking lot within our forested park does not secure park’s long-term safety or even survival. But it is a key step toward protecting all of it’s 200+ acres.

Special thanks and recognition go to SeaTac Deputy Mayor Peter Kwon for his tenacious and effective leadership in opposing lot L06 and for his continuing work to protect the park into the future. Thanks go to all of the City of SeaTac’s leadership for its actions to improve this park over the years and to oppose this lot. SeaTac Councilmembers Senayet Negusse, Clyde “Fuzz” Hill, and Pam Fernald are among those known to deserve special recognition. But years of untold work, talent, and dedication from this city's leadership and staff, including from those in the Parks and Recreation Department, have led to substantial improvements in the condition and public safety of this park, transforming it into a local and regional destination.

Grateful thanks to all Port of Seattle Commissioners for acting to protect this park, especially to Port Commission President Fred Felleman and Commissioners Stephanie Bowman and Peter Steinbrueck for hearing our community’s concerns, touring the at-risk area of the park, recognizing the park’s ecological, public health, and recreational values, working with Port staff and City of SeaTac officials, dialoguing with community members, and pursuing avenues for protection of this park in the future. Grateful thanks to Port staff for their visits to the park, for recommending the removal of Lot L06 from the SAMP, and for supporting an early announcement of the withdrawal of this proposal.

Elected Officials and Port Commission Candidates

• King County Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott

• King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

• Burien Deputy Mayor Krystal Marx

• Burien Councilmember Cydney Moore

• Burien Councilmember Kevin Schilling

• Des Moines Deputy Mayor Matt Mahoney

• De Moines Councilmember Luisa Bangs

• Des Moines Councilmember Traci Buxton

• Des Moines Councilmember JC Harris

• Des Moines Councilmember Anthony Martinelli

• Des Moines Councilmember Jeremy Nutting

• Normandy Park Councilmember Earnest Thompson

• Tukwila Council President Kate Kruller

• SeaTac Deputy Mayor Peter Kwon

• SeaTac Councilmember Clyde Hill

• SeaTac Councilmember Senayet Negusse

• Port Commission candidate Toshiko Hasegawa

• Port Commission candidate Hamdi Mohamed

Organizations

Burien People for Climate Action

Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition

Quiet Skies Puget Sound

South Seattle Climate Action Network

Tahoma Youth Cycling Development Club

The Environmental, Energy and Land Use Caucus of the 34th Democratic Legislative District

West Seattle Bike Connections

Community Members

Nearly 2,400 other community members signed the petition at KCTreeEquity.org. First signers included nearly 100 people who live in the vicinity of the park and connected through the Next Door social media app. Among the signers is also Jill Kintner, Olympic Medalist in BMX for Team USA – who got her start on the BMX trails in this forest. Members of her family, some of whom helped build those trails, also signed. Hundreds of comments on the petition can be read at https://KCTreeEquity.org. A whole community's love and appreciation for this park shine brightly through this document.

Among others whose actions were essential to the outcome are Russell Stevenson of Northwest MTB Series, who hosts the weekly Wednesday Night World Championships in the park and Dr. Dave Larson, a member of the mountain biking community who has been acting to protect the forest for years and who led tours for Port officials. Members of North SeaTac BMX Club, who hold regular events at the park and actively care for it are also thanked for stepping up.

North SeaTac Park continues to face threats from potential future development and invasive plants that are killing trees and dominating much of the forest floor. A comprehensive forest preservation plan and a Friends of the Park group are both needed.

Removal or decline of any part of our regional network of forests and waterways fragments and weakens the whole. These natural areas protect all of us from air pollution, climate change impacts, and more. The forests and waterways surrounding and within North SeaTac Park are an integral part of this regional network and merit regional investment to secure their health and future

For further information and questions – or to help explore the formation of a Friends of the Park or similar group, write to info@KCTreeEquity.org. To join in a Green SeaTac Partnership restoration event in the park, visit https://seatac.greencitypartnerships.org. The Green SeaTac Partnership is led by the City of SeaTac, Forterra NW, and residents and receives funding from the Port of Seattle.

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North SeaTac Park is located on the traditional land of the first people of the Seattle area, the Duwamish People, past present, and future. Their contribution and the land itself are honored with gratitude. The park’s land also was once covered with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes. Those who lived here were removed in the 1970s and 1980s to accommodate airport operations. Those families planted or preserved the mature trees we benefit from in this park today. Des Moines Memorial Drive South, which borders much of the western edge of the park, is a living memorial to the 355 residents of King County who lost their lives in WWI. The tree shown in this photo is within the area where Lot L06 was proposed.

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