It's Not Just National Monuments That Are Under Threat--Urban Parks Are, Too

Опубликовано 23 октября 2017, 14:14
In the past, it’s been relatively easy to forget that our most cherished parks and publicly held lands are not, in fact, invincible. No more. Following an executive order signed on April 26th, the federal protected statuses of 27 individual national monuments, either designated or expanded since 1996, are being reassessed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. And according to Mother Nature Network, American cities are at risk of losing their precious open urban spaces to market forces and demands for revenue generation. For example, Seattle's 534-acre Discovery Park is attractive simply because it has no attractions other than its own nature. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, Seattleites flock to Discovery Park for rugged beaches, dense forests, hushed and seemingly endless walking trails, jaw-dropping mountain views and ample wildlife sightings, particularly of birds and marine life. Times are changing at Discovery Park as development looms, however, including a proposal that would see a large performing-arts campus go up right in the middle of the park.

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