Ugly walls have replaced trees on Picnic Point Road

Why is the Snohomish County Planning and Development Department seeking to trash the natural beauty of our county? At one time the drive down Picnic Point Road to the park was a green scene of over 100-year old Douglas firs and cedars. Now towering Frognal and Bexley Ridge walls of cinder blocks hover over the existing homes of Regatta Estates and down the slope of the road. Gray rather than green. Static, not living. These are not reasonable 8 to 10 foot landscaped terraces but are gigantic, skyscrapers of walls. They cast gloom and shade. Nothing beautiful about them!

If you want a course in how to deface the once beautiful, take a drive down Picnic Point Road now. That this was allowed, even encouraged by the county’s own Planning and Development Department is horrifying. This is not the legacy of protecting the beauty and aesthetic of our county that we wish to pass to future generations. Citizens have spoken out continually to protect this area. Regatta Estates and the Sno-King Watershed Council continue to protest but lack the deep pockets of developers. This is ugly in so many ways.

Housing is needed but not at this price!

Joan Smith


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