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TACOMA: Lots of time to plan for parking

Letter by John Meister, Puyallup on Aug. 5, 2010 at 9:41 am with 1 Comment »
August 5, 2010 11:44 am

DOME PARKING: “Turning mountain into molehill” July 31, 2010.
Re: “Turning a mountain into a molehill” (TNT, 7-31).

It would appear that there are now some parking issues at the Tacoma Dome as the LeMay car museum is being built next door, with meetings and studies under way to address traffic backups and signage concerns now coming to light.

Perhaps the Dome staff did not get the memo from the city advising them of this new construction and to plan accordingly. Or perhaps they missed The News Tribune’s Aug. 7, 2002, article reporting that the city had agreed to replace 500 parking stalls, plus another 240 later on. Early plans also envisioned a multi-level parking garage on one Dome lot before the others were lost.

But alas, it would appear nothing happened.

There seem to have been many missed opportunities to get this right from the start and ensure Dome patrons were ushered to their seats as quickly and conveniently as possible. Dome director Mike Combs said that losing that much parking requires significant planning, and that it’s tough to develop a universal parking plan due to the diversity of Dome events.

Could this be true, even after eight years to get ready?

Perhaps a better plan would be to tear down the underutilized and underfunded 27-year-old Dome and replace it with parking for the new museum.

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  1. spencerspencer says:

    I’m sure this is just another little problem for Tacoma that can be perfectly solved by bringing someone on a $500,000 consulting contract to get a solution. When you can’t spread out you have to go up. If casinos in Fife can build parking garages why can’t Tacoma build one that works at the dome. Oh, they forgot to tell everyone about it when they sited the Museum there. It’s just a minor spec. change. It really changes those proposal costs when you cover the add-ons too. They can always use the Freight House Square parking too, oh, it’s full of downtown parkers instead of train riders. Oops. Parking strikes again. I really see a theme problem for Tacoma involving parking. Where is the solution? Hmmm.. where is that consultant?

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