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PARKS: Sprinker’s condition embarrassing

Letter by Jeff Scott, Graham on May 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm with 5 Comments »
May 24, 2010 10:16 am

My daughter has been involved in the sport of ice skating for the past seven years. Naturally I have become involved with the workings of the rink at Sprinker Recreation Center. I am concerned with its condition and the apparent attitude of the Pierce County Council to watch it decay.

The rink is a major service to the community. When the council cites the economy as a reason for being idle, I wonder why it did not act 10 years ago, when things were better. I can remember voting in 2000 on a sales tax package that promised to fix some of Sprinker’s issues. That money ended up in the general fund and eventually went to purchase land for new parks around the county.

The writing on the wall is clear: The building will soon be condemned. There were no less than five buckets collecting water on the rink last night while 250 people skated. I was embarrassed, and counties officials should be as well.

So here is my solution: Shut the rink down for two months. Replace the ailing roof. Replace the compressor that powers the rink’s cooling system. Both will be a part of a major remodel down the road and will not be seen and throwing money away.

If either of these items were to fail, the rink would have to be closed permanently, and the county parks would lose a major revenue source.

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  1. deniseschell says:

    Its the same with swim pools in Tacoma also.

  2. deniseschell says:

    No 50 meter water for competitive swimmers

  3. Volks253 says:

    Jeff, how dare you bring up something other than illegal immigrants!
    Don’t you know about how AZ is supposedly dieing on the vine because of it!?
    The paper can’t seem to stop itself from printing letter after letter from the membership of the local KKK chapter and you’re worried about a hockey rink!
    Jeff, seriously where are your priority’s?

  4. Isn’t it interesting how everything winds up in the “General Fund” and never seems to be accounted for until it’s long gone……………..Shame on the Pierce County Council for allowing this wonderful resource to decay while they live like kings!

  5. Do you guys have a facebook or myspace fan web page? I looked for one on facebook or myspace but couldn’t discover it, I’d love to become a fan!

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