A Lynnwood park purchased with Conservation Futures money to save it forever would be destroyed under some plans for the next Sound Transit light-rail link. It’s a question of whether the conservation law or an essential-services law holds sway.
Not far from Interstate 5, a green heron swooped low across a still pond in Scriber Creek Park. An oasis of calm among the busy streets of Lynnwood, the park is also the center of emerging controversy over building the next link of Sound Transit light rail.
Our news partner, the Seattle Times is reporting that the 3.8-acre park, purchased in 1991 with Conservation Futures funds, was to be preserved for perpetuity. Enter Sound Transit and the Essential Public Facilities law, which allows the government to condemn and acquire property if it’s for building public transportation, prisons, highways, schools or other necessary facilities.
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