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.”
It used to mean playgrounds. Now it means battlegrounds.
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.