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TACOMA: Waterfront flowers cut from budget

Letter by Robert B. Kiley, Tacoma on May 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm with No Comments »
May 17, 2013 9:27 am

I am a daily runner and find myself on the waterfront 4-5 days a week, and have for many years. I have always loved the natural beauty and view along the esplanade that runs the four miles along Ruston Way. It is a unique slice of the area we inhabit, and is beautiful year round.

During the spring and summer it comes alive with hanging baskets of beautiful annuals, and in some areas, gardens of shade annuals, begonias and impatiens. Well, that was until 2013.

I noticed on my run this morning that no baskets are up yet, so I asked a park district employee who said that due to cutbacks, we will not be able to enjoy this rite of summer along our waterfront or any other park for that matter.

I know that the baskets and the bedding flowers are propagated at the greenhouses located at Pt. Defiance and have been for many years. Not much of a cost: a seasonal employee, maybe four grand.

What’s next admission to Pt. Defiance?

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