From playgrounds to battlegrounds
Much like the word “retreat” has been ruined for me by covering local government — turning it into a word with a positive connotation to one that fills me with dread — so goes the word “parks.”
If you’ve been following our stories, you know the county and city are revisiting the interlocal agreement that’s the basis for the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department. Then there are subplots, such as the fact Vancouver voters made it clear they don’t want a new tax to fund parks and a disagreement among county commissioners whether the general fund should be tapped in order to cut parking fees at regional parks and boat launches.
Last weekend, the saga took a nasty turn after Clark County Commissioner David Madore posted this on Facebook.
Vancouver City Councilor Jack Burkman saw the post, took a screen shot and sent it in an email to City Manager Eric Holmes, cc’ing Mayor Tim Leavitt and other councilors.