District, city should be ashamed of Tiffany Park decision | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

"The winds when they come will not be able to be stopped by a forested break to calm them. The dust will fly for years."

As a recently incorporated resident of the City of Renton in the Fairlane Woods area of Tiffany Park, I am deeply concerned for our neighborhood, the people and children who live here. This development will destroy a beautiful piece of natural land. Never has the Renton School District EVER posted “no trespassing” signs on this parcel of land. “No tree cutting or dumping” are the only signs with the mark of the Renton School District.

When we purchased our house in June 2001 we became aware of the greenbelt that is surrounded on two sides by the Seattle water pipeline. It became a refuge to the people who live here to be out and about whether weekday or weekend, walking, bicycling, walking our dogs and conversing with neighbors, appreciating nature at its best. The deer, eagles, herons, hawks and all other woodland creatures let us know that life goes on even though our hectic lives get the best of us.

As I look out my patio door, I can’t imagine what this will look like soon. Trees gone, birds gone, construction of 96 new homes. Yes, 96! Noise, noise, noise.

I am ashamed of the Renton School District and the Renton City Council who we look up to to do what is right, becoming part of a “Lorax” scenario. Make sure someone saves the seeds of the last trees, the water for the natural wetlands and the eagles and herons who like to stop for a rest Oh yes, money! Money talks and the people can go away. Maybe we will. Leave Renton to a treeless forest with nothing but blacktop and immature trees planted by the developer which can’t survive our hard winter. The winds when they come will not be able to be stopped by a forested break to calm them. The dust will fly for years.

We can blame and will blame the Renton School District and the Renton City Council for the destruction of our property. We will hold them responsible for the damage to our lives.

Patricia Lynn,
Renton

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