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.