Editorial: Our 2009 goals for Newcastle
February 5, 2009
The year 2008 had a few accomplishments, based on the list of goals we published last year.
The city hired a parks manager, kept a watchful eye on cost overruns with the Coal Creek Parkway project and made great strides in emergency preparedness.
But there is much left undone, and some of the goals are repeated on this year’s list.Skateboard park: Skateboarders should have a safe place to skate, but Newcastle has a long list of recreation needs for larger segments of the population. After spending $35,000 for a consultant to study the feasibility and potential location of a skateboard park, the issue was left unresolved. Take the vote to shelve it and revisit the issue in four years.
Coal Creek Parkway: Continue to seek funding from county, state and federal partners for the city’s largest capital project. Kudos to construction crews and manager who have kept the project on time and under budget.
Sports park: Seek grants from King County and other agencies for the proposed sports park on Southeast 95th Way.
Leadership: Newcastle has room for more good leaders. The city is always looking to fill openings on its parks and planning commissions. Our wish is for many new faces to volunteer their skills.
High schools: Complete expansion plans for Hazen and Liberty high schools.
School funding: Keep the community’s collective voice loud and strong in support of full state funding for education. Cuts at the state level are likely to leave Renton and Issaquah district officials scrambling for funds or laying off teachers. Voters will need to be more vocal than ever about the need to adjust levy lids, so our districts are not disadvantaged when it comes to school funding.
Shop Newcastle: As the economy weakens, it’s more important than ever to put your money where your house is. Support your local merchants.
Community pride: Find new ways to highlight the best of Newcastle, everything from its history to its treasures. Design and build a welcoming monument on the south end of town to compliment the one on the city’s northern entrance.