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I am writing / speaking today to ask you to defend North SeaTac Park and its community.
I urge you to take active leadership to oppose the Port of Seattle’s proposal to commercially develop 31 acres of North SeaTac Park, and to support permanent protection of all 200 acres of North SeaTac Park as a park.
As the FAA noted in a 2016 audit, this park was created to compensate area residents for airport impacts. Those impacts have only increased in the decades since the park was built. Higher levels of pollutants harm human health and destabilize the climate. Ever-greater levels of noise, traffic, and airport sprawl reduce community livability and affect property values. It is time to place this park in permanently protected status.
I also urge you to act quickly and decisively to ensure that the Port does not carry out other current proposals to develop an estimated 75 additional acres of now mostly tree-covered land in the community surrounding North SeaTac Park.
The Port must honor the recommendation of Public Health Seattle & King County to increase green space and tree coverage near the airport to reduce human exposure to deadly airport pollutants.
It must honor the commitment it made to be “accountable for equitable policies” that ensure racial, social, and environmental, justice.
It must honor the commitment it made as a signatory to the King County Cities Climate Collaboration to protect forests and reduce sprawl.
Trees save lives. They catch deadly airport pollution and keep it out of our lungs and homes. They capture climate pollution and help stabilize our climate. They reduce flooding, cool our neighborhoods, and increase home values and economic vitality. Please act to ensure that Port staff properly value this critical infrastructure.