I am more than a bit shocked and disappointed in the decision by the state Department of Transportation to keep Don Pugnetti Park permanently closed to the public and sell the property that has been enjoyed by those residing and visiting downtown Tacoma for years (Political Buzz, 3-14).
It seems rather an overreaction to the brief occupation and is a negative result for Tacoma overall. Does no one care that this wonderful little park could be lost forever? I encourage anyone who cares about Tacoma and the downtown area in particular to contact the DOT and the Tacoma City Council to try to resolve this in a manner that keeps the park accessible to not the 1 percent, nor the 99 percent, but the 100 percent.
If the permanent closure of Don Pugnetti Park is the main lasting result of the Occupy Tacoma movement, we can hardly consider this a good outcome. Such a slap in the face to the residents of Tacoma by the DOT is specious and inappropriate, especially in view of the peaceful response when requested to vacate.
The mayor and City Council lauded the quiet departure of the Occupiers, but must they remain silent as a jewel in the heart of downtown is removed from the fabric of our community? This park is too great an asset to sit idly fenced and chained and posted with “No Trespassing” signs.