Letters to the Editor

Better uses for State Parks funds

I am continually amazed at some of the ideas and decisions of Washington State Parks. I do attend the meetings that are held in our area, so have information firsthand.

If State Parks has some extra money they are considering spending removing the beautiful trees at Deception Pass, why not use it toward the $30,000 they told us it will take to retrofit the (Grill) restaurant they bought near the park entrance? They paid $500,000 for the property a few years ago, and it still sits unused.

When we asked why they bought the property, the reason given was that “it is the only property we didn’t own in that area.” They also said they need the building for administrative purposes but that it would take the $30,000 to make that possible.

Currently the half million dollar property is used by a couple of people for a park and ride. In the 45 years I have lived on Whidbey near the park, I have seen both good and bad decisions made by State Parks. The purchase of “The Grill” without immediate funds to facilitate the use of it, is one of the worst.

So, please leave the beautiful trees at Deception Pass. Drivers need to look at the road and other traffic and not at the view. The parking areas are for the enjoyment of the views, as are the sidewalks and trails. I share the concern of a previous writer of the geological complications that may arise from removal of any trees.

State Parks should use the funds they were intending for the tree removal to offset the poor decision of a few years ago.

Marci Buskala

Oak Harbor

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