Summer is here! As the days grow warmer and our days are filled with sunshine, there is an air of positivity and energy in our community! Vaccination rates in Bothell just keep climbing and public health reports move in positive directions.
Although this summer might not look exactly like it has in the past, we have so much to be excited about. Still dealing with the impacts of COVID, we are unable to host our normal July 4th Parade. But, we are still offering virtual and small-group events and activities this summer, including youth sports camps, volunteer work parties and a virtual?Sustainamania?scavenger hunt. Our Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Board are working on some fun pop-up events. Check our website and stay tuned to the City’s social media channels for details. If you haven’t already, check out Sonya Lang’s virtual Art Gallery. Her Beautiful Zoo photograph collection is simply amazing.
Our annual Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is also canceled, but in part due to an exciting reason - Station 42 will be closed for the Fire Station Replacement Project. Demolition of existing stations should start in July 2021. Your voter-approved Safe and Secure bond made these new stations possible and we thank you for that support. As July 4th approaches, I hope you will again support our Firefighters and Police Officers. If you choose to use fireworks this year, please be safe, do so legally, and stop at 11pm. Our dispatch centers tend to be overloaded on July 4th and community safety is our biggest concern. Remember, do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency or need immediate help. Report fireworks violations or other non-emergency needs to (425) 486-1254.
And finally, congratulations to all of our 2021 Graduates! You have had a tough year and your resiliency and flexibility this virtual school year will serve you well. No matter where your next steps take you, Bothell will always be your hometown and we are so very proud of you!