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TACOMA: Better uses seen for city’s waterfront

Letter by M.E. Donovan, Tacoma on Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | 2 Comments »
September 25, 2012 2:54 pm

Re: “Expiration of dock lease opens a window of opportunity” (TNT, 9-24).

What a viable opportunity to use the Sperry Dock space, as reader columnist Ken Miller wisely suggested (among several options), to expand the Tacoma School District’s Science and Math Institute into a public school science center, one that could work in synergy with Urban Waters, the University of Washington Tacoma and others, and would allow us to be part of something greater than ourselves.

Miller noted that this is a timely proposition with Sperry Dock’s renegotiation of its contract in 2013, and with the possibility that Metro Parks’ next bond issue would need a flagship project. Despite painful educational funding cuts, there are sources and grants available for the hard sciences.

We should replace the two ships parked on Schuster Parkway (now under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Transportation). Their $5,000 annual property tax contribution to our economy is small by any scale, and it’s hard to find more than pretenses to Sperry Dock’s giving honor to our past.

Why not do the best we can to educate those who will be contributors to our economy and to our country and who will honor our future? We owe it to our kids, after all.

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