Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Metro Parks

April
17th

TACOMA: Invest in city by supporting parks

As a family with young kids, we use parks all the time, especially the new Metro Parks facilities at Kandle Park.

Parks like Point Defiance, Swan Creek, Titlow and Puget Creek provide needed opportunity for people to connect with nature within the City of Tacoma. Metro Parks has had a very positive effect on our local economy by creating construction jobs and raising the value of homes around park improvements.

A world-class park system will help us recruit new businesses to this area, creating jobs and a higher quality of life. For these reasons I am supporting the Metro Parks

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April
17th

TACOMA: Parks programs benefit local children

Re: “Voters should say yes to Metro Parks bond issue” (editorial, 4-6).

I completely agree that voters should vote yes for Proposition 1 on the April 22 ballot. This proposition will provide $198 million to Metro Parks for improvements.

I am an employee at one of Metro Parks’ community centers, and I believe that this money will be put to great use. Metro Parks provides many great services to the Tacoma community and does a great job of producing places where kids can go for after-school programs. These programs are really important because they provide a safe area for

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April
16th

TACOMA: Parks measure merits voter approval

As a proud Tacoma resident who’s passionate about our parks system, I echo the sentiment expressed in your April 6 editorial and would also like to voice my enthusiastic support for approval of Metro Parks’ Proposition 1, the bond measure on the April 22 ballot for parks improvements and safety upgrades.

Our treasured parks system is more than a century old, and we need to continue preserving and investing in it so that we and future generations can enjoy this incredible resource. All neighborhood parks would see improvements and upgrades from the measure, and it would provide critical, additional

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April
14th

TACOMA: Pass bond issue for parks’ future

Tacoma has a joyous opportunity to make an investment in the future while honoring the rich legacy of conservation and education already established at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The time for action is now. Metro Parks Proposition 1 on the April 22 ballot needs voter approval.

Imagine a new aquarium in which you can see not only Northwest marine animals but also sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and other Pacific Rim species. Think of more space for polar bears and walruses where excited children can watch them from wonderful new vantage points. It’s all included Metro Parks Tacoma’s Proposition 1.

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April
14th

TACOMA: Metro Parks has been a good steward

As a 20-year resident of Tacoma and a frequent user of many local parks, I am proud to support Metro Parks Tacoma’s current bond initiative, Proposition 1, to continue and expand on efforts to improve our neighborhood parks and regional attractions.

This bond initiative will pay for improvements to parks in all areas of our community, improving trails and picnic areas and installing new play structures and spray parks.

My sons have grown up playing in our parks, so I know how much use they get and how much maintenance that requires. It is our collective obligation to keep our

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Jan.
16th

METRO PARKS: District must really be profitable

At the end of the article (TNT, 1-15) about the Metro Parks director returning from a leave of absence was a summary of the benefits he receives: eight weeks vacation, another week of administrative leave and 19 days of sick leave each year.

Wow! Where do I sign up for those kind of benefits?

Also noted in the article, he created a new position for one of his assistants, gave him a 17 percent pay increase and promoted another employee to that assistant’s old job with a 13 percent pay increase. Metro Parks must really be profitable.

Jan.
15th

METRO PARKS: Director’s benefits are an affront

Re: “Parks director, expected to soon return from leave, gets raise” (TNT, 1-15).

I’m really sorry that the Metro Parks director has been sick for some time. Really, I am. But he gets 40 hours of administrative leave, eight weeks of vacation and 19 days of paid sick leave? Throw in typical holidays, and we now have more than 550 hours of paid time off. That’s more than three months each year.

Really? This is obscene and an affront to the working man who pays his taxes.

Is it any wonder that government employees don’t get any respect?

 

July
8th

METRO PARKS: Is funding being misused?

Today I took the kids to the conservatory in Wright Park. The price of admission: $3 apiece.

Are you kidding me? The person at the chained doorway explained they need the money.

I see this huge new water park in Wright Park. At what cost? Why not fence the water park areas and charge a small admission there?

What I see is a gross mismanagement of funds, with building additions that cannot be supported.

I have put up with the mess at Jefferson Park; those who live near Wright Park will see the same in the future: more rats, nowhere

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