I want to tell you about 417 acres of land owned by the city of Seattle, about 1% of the Seattle that does not have a road on it.
This land does not have any housing on it or city offices or facilities freely open to everyone. You have to pay money to use this land.
This land is largely covered in non-native plant species, not rare or special non-native plants, but the most common non-native plant found everywhere.
This land only gets 200,000 user visits per year, but despite costing money to use does not net the city significant revenue. Those 200,000 user visits per year probably represent fewer than 50,000 unique users per year1.
All of this land is very close to current frequent transit. It is near shopping, schools and other important amenities.