Allowing room for the presence of natural landscapes and wild spaces within the context of a city environment provides us all with localized, accessible respites from the stresses inherent in city living. Open spaces are the connective tissue that unite communities. They give room for each and every one of us to stretch our legs and our minds and to spend quality time out of doors on our own or with our neighbors.
In the neighborhood of Westhill, on the hillside between Bothell High and the Wayne Golf Course’s Front Nine, there is a stretch of old-growth forest boasting ancient red cedar, oak, sword fern, and other local, wild flora and fauna. It’s a valued community space, and its meandering trails host families, solitary hikers, dog-walkers, and visitors.
Plans to develop this forest into a subdivision are underway, which will result in the destruction of this special place. Our neighborhood has organized this effort to try to save it. Won't you help us?