There are obviously differences of opinions as to the value of the natural environments in Edmonds. Some individuals espouse that preserving a watershed and wildlife habitat is far less important than clear-cutting, re-grading steep slopes and the filling of deep ravines and wetlands to make way for additional housing.
The property at issue here is known as “Angler’s Crossing”, a 5.47-acre woodland, located between Seaview Park and Perrinville. It is also the only undeveloped part of the Perrinville Creek watershed. If this site were allowed to be clear-cut and covered with impervious surfaces like asphalt, concrete and roofing materials, any stormwater that falls on the property would become polluted run-off rather than infiltrated into the soil.
Building out every greenbelt to provide tax dollars to the City is not always a responsible way to manage stormwater runoff and our natural resources. The Edmonds Comprehensive Plans supports our views as it also recognizes the need for the retention of open space and development of recreational opportunities. Additionally, it calls for the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat, and to increase the access to natural resource lands and water, and the development of parks.
Contrary to others’ beliefs, preserving and protecting the Angler’s Crossing area is not being short-sighted. This wooded watershed needs to be preserved not only for future generations but in attaining the goals of “Puget Sound Starts Here”.
Our homeowner group who advocates for preserving this watershed also wants to be actively involved in the development of this site as a passive recreational area. We feel there is real value in providing a year-round unique recreational and educational experience for all visitors, regardless of age, over and beyond that which neighboring parks offer.
It is for those reasons that we have been urging City Council to find a financial way forward to purchase the other 4.8 acres of this watershed.