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METRO PARKS: Board failing the community

Letter by David O. Seal, Tacoma on June 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | No Comments »
June 26, 2012 11:56 am

Re: “Titlow Pool fills a need, group says” (TNT, 6-24).

In 2005, Tacoma voted to replace Titlow Pool, a 50-meter competition pool that also had recreational uses. The Metro Parks board, however, had other ideas.

I participated in three of the general interest meetings. It was clear to a number of us that the board had its own agenda and that the public meetings were window dressing. Ignoring our city’s legacy of Olympic swimmers, it went for cash from the splash-and-dash crowd.

You might think, with all the news on obesity, that the board would have fitness as at least a secondary goal. But no, it would prefer to enable the little pork chops.

And Kelli Johnston’s letter (TNT, 6-26) reminds us that the board is putting in another spray park at Titlow. That money could have gone to tidelands mitigation costs.

Johnston is right: Metro Parks is politically imperious. It does not have the community’s best interests at heart.

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