"...to protect and preserve the Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park as wildlife habitat for present and future generations."
(KT 2012 Mission Statement)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Park Supporters Crowd Transit Meeting

Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park supporters spoke up again.
On Tuesday, February 19, the Jefferson Transit Authority Board discussed as part of its business meeting the aquatic center proposed by Make Waves. Fifteen minutes were given at the beginning of the meeting for public comment and 10 minutes at the end of the meeting. Three people spoke in favor of the Kah Tai Park site for the aquatic center. Nine people spoke in opposition to the pl ans to locate the 40,000 sq.ft. aquatic center in Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park.

Reasons included destruction of habitat, loss of open space, loss of parking in Park and Ride (both from the building and use of the park and ride for aquatic center clients), increased traffic congestion from 500-650 persons per day using the aquatic center. Rosemary Sikes asked that no developments be allowed on the public land surrounding the Kah Tai Lagoon until a comprehensive plan is developed. Paula Mackrow asked that park proponents be given equal time for a presentation.

After discussion the Transit Authority Board, consisting of the Jefferson County Commissioners (one absent) and 2 City Council members (one absent), decided to schedule a town meeting in which Make Waves and park proponents could give their presentations, then public comment would follow. Reason for the town meeting was in part because not everyone who attended the Transit meeting had an opportunity to speak.

Rosemary Sikes

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