Vote YES to save the gulch
Have you ever wondered what mark you will leave on this Earth during your lifetime? 10 years from now? 100 years from now? How about 1,000 years from now?
Do you want to change the course of history? Now is your chance!
By voting YES on Proposition 1 on the November ballot, you and the rest of the citizens of Mukilteo can change the course of history forever!
If we don’t act now to preserve Japanese Gulch, then in the next few years it will be another developed area with warehouses and light industrial buildings. No one will even know that this was once a wilderness area.
Save the Gulch is a group of citizens in favor of acquiring the remaining approximately 97 acres of land on the west side of Japanese Gulch and using it to create a regional park.
The current landowners are willing to sell this land to the city of Mukilteo, and the City Council has approved the purchase as long as the money is raised through Proposition 1.
Voting YES on Proposition 1 will cost the average homeowner in Mukilteo only $5.60 per month for a set period of five years. That is $67 per year, or less than $350 for the whole five-year term!
This is a very reasonable way to obtain and preserve this property forever as a regional park.
Preserving this area will make a statement to our children and our community that we care about our natural surroundings, and that having open spaces is an important part of life.
Recreational activities like hiking, biking and wildlife viewing balance our daily lives and help us enjoy and understand the natural world around us. Maintaining this balance in life and in our community is important to all of our success and happiness.
Creating a regional park in Japanese Gulch will also help keep Mukilteo in the top 10 cities in the United States! (We are currently No. 9, according to MONEY Magazine.) Think of this levy as a small investment in our unique and wonderful community.
The Japanese Gulch Timeline:
In 1995, the city of Mukilteo purchased the lower gulch. You can walk from the beach up to 5th Street on this lovely 11.4-acre walk on a maintained trail.
This is a great, easy hike to take small children or visitors to this area. To get there: Park along Mukilteo Lane and walk up to 5th.
In 2008, the city purchased the 8.7-acre Precht property. This is the site of the Mukilteo Community Garden. The garden provides food for the Mukilteo Food Bank each year.
Master gardeners teach basic gardening skills and also provide garden spaces for public use. Trails can be accessed from the back of the Precht property that connect all the way down to the city owned lower gulch property. The entrance is at 76th Street at 44th Avenue W.
In 2010, with help from Washington Federal Savings and Sen. Paull Shin, the city acquired another 16 acres in the gulch, which runs up the hill adjacent to the lower gulch property along 5th Street.
You may have noticed the brand new off-leash dog park being built just south of 5th, which abuts this property. Find access to the park and the trails just off of 5th.
Presently, Metropolitan Trust owns the remaining 97 acres on the west side of Japanese Gulch. This land sits between the community garden and the dog park. Many hiking trails, biking trails, bike jumps and wildlife areas are on this land. Metropolitan needs to sell this land.
If they don’t sell the land to Mukilteo, it will go to the auction block. The city of Everett has zoned this land as light industrial, which means that it will likely be paved and developed into small warehouses if we don’t preserve it as a park.
The city of Everett has agreed to give the city of Mukilteo this land if it is used as parkland.
When I think of our community, I feel so lucky to be in a place that has spectacular views almost everywhere you look.
The beach is clean, beautiful and well used, the roads and city buildings are contemporary and fresh, and although there are always people who have different opinions, the opinions they have are strong because they care!
Our librarians are knowledgeable and friendly, our teachers and schools are nationally recognized, our golf course is world class and we have terrific music and arts programs.
Creating a regional park in Japanese Gulch will add value and beauty to our distinctive city. Be proud and contribute to the common goal of making our city one of the best cities to live in!
VOTE YES on PROP 1. Together we can make Mukilteo a great place to live for generations to come. Creating this regional park is a big part of that.
Janet Hammerman is a member of the Japanese Gulch Group, a sponsor of the Save the Gulch campaign in favor of passing Proposition 1.