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Two bonds for $5 million each will be on Nov. 2 general election ballot

By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

In about five weeks, Bonney Lake residents will decide the fate of two bond measures - a $5 million parks and trails bond and a $5 million community/recreation center bond.

After meetings with the Bonney Lake Parks Board and city staff, the committees for each bond have completed the "vote for" statements that will appear in the voters pamphlet.

An "against" statement will not be entered for either bond since no one volunteered to write the statements.

Laurie Carter, spokesperson for both the parks and the community/recreation center committees, said members spent last weekend handing out flyers and placing 200 yard signs around Bonney Lake neighborhoods.

"I feel confident," Carter said. "I think it is something this community really needs. We had three car washes to raise money for the campaigns and a lot of people gave us the thumbs up sign. We are trying to get the word out as much as possible."

According to the statement written by the parks committee, the bond money would be used to buy land for parks, add ball fields to parks, improve facilities and to build a trail along Fennel Creek.

The trail would follow Fennel Creek from Rhodes Lake Road to the Sumner-Buckley Highway. The entire cost rings up at around $2 million.

The trail would be more than two miles long, 12 feet wide and paved. It is planned for both pedestrians and bicyclist.

Allan Yorke Park, Lake Bonney Park and Cedarview Park would be in line for trail improvements, plus new picnic and playground equipment.

An additional ball field may be added to Allan Yorke park once the Schuur property condemnation issue is settled.

The newly acquired property next to Bonney Lake Elementary would see trail improvements and picnic facilities.

The cost in property taxes for each bond would be $47 per year for 25 years for the owner of property valued at $200,000.

To pass, each bond must receive 60 percent approval.

"Hopefully people will see what were trying to do," Councilman Neil Johnson said. "We need to be forward thinking and look 10, 15 or 20 years down the road."

Ideas for the community/recreation center include an expanded senior center, a gym for teens and adults, meeting rooms and a lounge for teens.

The Seattle architectural firm ARC is currently working on a preliminary design of the building.

"I'm very hopeful for both bonds," Carter said. "It may be harder for people to imagine a community center, to see what it open up for the community. But a lot of people we've spoken to are looking forward to it."

The parks and community/recreation center committees will hold a rally at Bonney Lake Auto Parts right before the Nov. 2 election.

Members of the park bond committee are Carter, Marian Betzer and Casey Stanley.

The members of the community/center committee are Carter, Deborah Turner and John Seltzer.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com.

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