King County Parks has proposed a $5.2 million plan to develop the
418- acre site called the Three Forks Natural Area. This site is roughly
bordered by Southeast Reinig Road, 428th Avenue Southeast, Mountain
Meadows, and the Mount Si Golf Course. In 1996 the King County Council adopted
the Three Forks Program Plan which identified “conservation of the site’s
natural resources and wildlife as the primary role for the Three Forks
Master Plan.” Myself and others who are aware of this proposal feel it will
harm the natural resources and wildlife in this area by adding so much more
access to it. Also at an estimated price of $5,260,825 to develop this
natural area, it is way too expensive (especially when taking into
consideration the impact of I-695 on our county
Some of the items listed as “highest priority” on the proposal are
the Norman Bridge Site improvements include parking lot, restrooms,
entry sign, interpretive signage, boat launch, telescope, and shoreline
improvements – $72,380. Reinig Road pedestrian/equestrian trail – $378,224.
North Fork Reach Loop Trail with interpretation – $118,86. Hedgerow
plantings – $326,375. Wood rail fencing -$353,304. This is only a sampling
of the total proposal’s cost.
I think most people could support some improvements to this area’s
existing trails and parking but not something that forever changes this
area into an urban park with a rural feel.
I strongly recommend that if you care about this issue, you take
some time to research it and then mail or e-mail your concerns to the King
County Utilities and Natural Resources Committee at the County Courthouse
in Seattle. Kathy Nelson is this committee’s staff
person (firstname.lastname@example.org). This committee needs your input to
make the best decision it can and will be meeting again probably sometime
in the first part of January to take action on this proposal.