The Save 60 Acres Coalition represents the many and diverse users of the 60 Acres South park in Redmond, Washington, USA. Sixty Acres South is part of the Sammamish River Regional Park, which was purchased with the proceeds from bonds authorized by King County voters in a special election in 1968.
This park is currently used by many local residents for a diverse range of passive recreation activities, such as model rocketry, model aviation, dog racing, horseback riding, kite flying, and anything else that requires open, flat space.
Over the last few decades, King County has violated the trust and confidence of its citizens by trading and selling peices of this wonderful park.
Now, King County seeks to deal the final blow to passive recreation on this land by giving the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association (LWYSA) a long term concession agreement on 60 Acres South.
King County is planning to give the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association (LWYSA) a long term concession agreement for 60 Acres South. What this means is that the LWYSA will exclusively manage the field and collect revenue from its use. They plan to put a parking lot on the tall grass wetland area on the east side of the field. King County has advised us that the LWYSA will be permitted to rent the field to whomever they wish at thier discretion. Why a "concession agreement"? Well, that's because a lease would be illegal. So how is this "concession agreement" different from a "lease"? Good question. This deal walks, talks and works like a lease as far as we citizens are concerned. The use of a concession agreement is a clever technical tactic King County is using to abide by the letter of the law, while avoiding its intent.
We believe that the concession agreement being offered to the LWYSA on 60 Acres South is:
1) Not permissible within the scope of Forward Thrust
2) Not legal under Washington State Law
3) Unfair to King County taxpayers not involved in youth soccer.
For more information, please take a look at our position statement
Note on the photo:
Sixty Acres South is often used by local ballooning companies to land at dusk. It's a beautiful sight to see a huge balloon approaching as the sun sets.