Voting and conservation are two things that we’re passionate about here at the Aquarium—and those two passions are coming together thanks to the primary election ballots that arrived in your mail box last week! This election, we’re proud to be supporting the renewal of the King County Parks Levy that will appear on your ballot as Proposition 1.
As we have shared, how we manage our parks and open spaces has big implications for the overall health of our environment. Our green and marine spaces are connected, and it’s critical that we invest in preserving parks, playfields and recreational space for all communities throughout our rapidly growing region.
Why should you support Proposition 1? Here are three great reasons—check them out and do your part by returning your ballot in the mail by August 6!
1. PROPOSITION 1 PROTECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT.
The renewal of the King County Parks Levy will preserve thousands of acres of forests and open space throughout King County. This improves water quality, prevents air pollution and allows everyone the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature. Preserving these spaces will help our rapidly growing region fight climate change and add to our quality of life.
2. PROPOSITION 1 SUPPORTS OUR KIDS AND COMMUNITIES.
Parks, playgrounds, pools and sports fields: This measure invests in every community throughout King County so kids and families can have access to fun and safe places to play. It also supports environmental education and conservation programming at the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo—helping the Aquarium fulfill our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.
3. PROPOSITION 1 IS ENDORSED BY ORGANIZATIONS WE TRUST.
The King County Parks Levy is supported by newspapers, organizations, elected officials and cities from throughout our region. Supporters include: yours truly, the Seattle Aquarium; The Seattle Times; The Stranger; Cascade Bicycle Club; Forterra; Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association; The Nature Conservancy; The Trust for Public Land; The Wilderness Society; Washington Bikes; the Washington Trails Association; the Woodland Park Zoo; and many more. You can view the whole list and learn more at kcparksforall.com.
Excerpt from the Seattle Times endorsement:
“King County’s public parks, trails and open spaces are treasures worth preserving. Voters can do their part by approving Proposition 1. The county’s proposed six-year levy is expected to generate about $810 million in revenue for operations, maintenance, renovation, conservation and expansion of the county’s trails, parks and open spaces.”
Excerpt from the Stranger’s endorsement:
“By voting to renew (and, yes, modestly expand) the county parks levy, you'll be preserving the spaces that help preserve our collective sanity while also funding more county trails, better trailhead parking, refurbished play areas, more ballfields, nicer pools, and more opportunities for kiddos to get into Seattle's zoo and aquarium for free. Vote approved.”