Save Chuckanut Ridge Concert

Sunday, January 20, 2013. 7:30 pm.

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Firehouse Performing Arts Center

1314 Harris Ave,
Bellingham, WA

January 20th Sunday 7:30pm

Concert to raise money to save Chuckanut Ridge
Special election Feb 12th to create park district (see details below)

Prozac Mtn Boys
Tim, Casey & Morgan HcHugh
Dana Lyons
Dudley and Dean Evenson

This past fall, petitions circulated to place the creation of the Chuckanut Community Forest District on the ballot. Thanks to you and more than 1600 of your Southside neighbors, we were successful and we are on the ballot! There will be a special election on February 12 through which the Southside will have an unprecedented opportunity to come together to save a precious natural asset–the Chuckanut Community Forest (aka, the Hundred Acre Wood or Chuckanut Ridge).

The community has cherished these woods for many years— expressing this love each time the property has been threatened by development. But the future of this incredible urban forest is once again in doubt as the City ponders ways to repay a $3.2 million loan that made the acquisition possible. If a repayment mechanism is not found, a substantial portion of the property will be sold. That means more poorly sited development and more traffic snarling the 12th Street bridge. It means that we, as tax payers, will pay the many costs of new development, while losing the woods that we love.

But there is an alternative. We could help repay the loan and save the woods forever! Residents of the Southside can create a Metropolitan Park District that would levy a small property tax of .28 per thousand dollars of property valuation. This would repay the loan in 10 years, at which time the Park District would be dissolved.