Rapid Response

February 8, 2011

By Contributor

The city Parks & Recreation Department has hosted a series of open houses and offered a Web questionnaire to gather input on a planned downtown parks complex. How would you rate the city’s public outreach effort during the planning phase?

Though I was not able to attend, I appreciated that the effort was made to get citizen input — good job parks and rec!

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

The Parks Department has been doing an excellent job having meetings to get community input, but the real question will be if they were actually listening or not.

C.A. Christensen, Issaquah

I attended a Confluence Park Meeting and Central Park Plan Open House; both were informative, accessible and inclusive of all interested parties.

Gail Givan, Issaquah

Bellevue College has expressed interest in the Issaquah Highlands for a possible campus site. How could a college campus change the community in positive and negative ways?

As always, traffic would be a problem, but housing would flourish.

Sue Wood, Issaquah

Being a “college town” carries a great deal of benefit. The highlands is well suited for the additional traffic and having BC further out on the eastside will reduce commute difficulties and expand services.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

A college should locate where there is ready, mass transit access for its students, not create a facility that requires everyone to drive a personal vehicle to reach the campus. I hope that any college campus in Issaquah will be required to be served by mass transit and parking lots will be limited.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

If the BC campus would be a forested one, like Bellevue, excellent! More meeting rooms, jobs, people.

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

Bellevue College would surely bring more positive than negative in many ways. Since we have the Running Start program, students would be able to cut short their driving time to go from the high school to the college campus. This will also benefit mature residents who want to take some classes at Bellevue College. Economically, the local business will also benefit.

Becky Wilder, Issaquah

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