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Town Square Park quirks and perks | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way
Q: Mr. Federal Way, did you know the city bypassed the Parks and Recreation Commission process for the Town Square Park? If you didn’t, what do you think of that?
A: Mr. Federal Way had not heard that actually, but Mr. Federal Way doesn’t find it surprising. As anyone who’s been paying attention in the last couple of years should know by now, city leaders are desperate to get the downtown core area finally moving.
City spokesperson Chris Carrel noted this in a response to the Mirror regarding this issue, writing in an email that “ordinarily, a park project would start with the Parks Commission. While this isn’t a requirement, the commissions were established to enhance the opportunity for public participation in the process and their role is highly valued.”
However, Carrel noted, giving the Town Square Park to the Parks Commission likely “would’ve added another three to six months, which could’ve ended pushing the park opening into 2015.” Carrel added that Mayor Jim Ferrell, along with the Council, “felt strongly that we needed to engage a process that led to a summer 2014 opening.”
In short, Mr. Federal Way will begrudgingly tip his hat to Ferrell for showing actual leadership in this political age of consensus and commissions, and actually following through on a campaign promise for once.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, did you hear about the features in this Town Square Park? Life-sized chess pieces? Really?
A: Mr. Federal Way has heard about the various features slated for the Town Square Park. Mr. Federal Way thinks it’s a case of white-collar sensibilities of city leaders clashing with the blue-collar reality of many of the city’s residents.
Thankfully, Mr. Federal Way knows that the original plan included bocce ball courts, which, to Mr. Federal Way, would have been, well, absurd. Mr. Federal Way is also leery of the idea of having these kinds of features in a place that the city knows is already one of the areas where crime is concentrated in the city (See: police substation across from the Transit Center.)
Q: Mr. Federal Way, what do you think about the school board’s appointment of Hiroshi Eto?
A: Mr. Federal Way thinks the bar is pretty low for Mr. Eto, in some respects. All Eto has to do is make sure he doesn’t get caught up in a criminal conspiracy that leads to being found guilty of seven counts of felony theft and he’ll be good.
That being said, some of the board’s rationalizations for Eto’s pick did raise some alarms in Mr. Federal Way’s mind, but Mr. Federal Way will save that commentary for another time. For now, Mr. Federal Way hopes Eto can be a stabilizing influence on what’s been a fractious board for the last year-and-a-half or so.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, who are you picking to win the World Cup?
A: None of your business.
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