Many years ago, Tom Cross dreamed of building a one-of-a-kind recreation facility in Pierce County for all to enjoy and marvel at. After many years of promoting and hard work, his dream was realized when the beautiful Sprinker Recreation Center was dedicated in the name of Harry Sprinker, a past Pierce County commissioner.
Today, Cross would be turning in his grave to know that the elected and appointed officials of Pierce County had let his dream complex fall into such disrepair that they (elected officials) were in the process of shutting the doors for lack of funding.
I doubt that very few people who reside in Pierce County have not been touched by Cross in one way or another, and to allow his dream of a lifetime to vanish would be the ultimate slap in the face of such a great guy.
Sprinker does not need a face-lift costing millions of taxpayer dollars. What it needs is some serious repair along with some tender, loving, meaningful care.
Some people need to start doing their job; the problems have been ignored way too long. The County Council needs to find the money to facilitate the needed repairs, and the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department needs to educate its employees so they can operate the complicated systems that are required for an Olympic- class Ice arena.
(Zierman is a retired Pierce County facilities maintenance superintendent.)