Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Metro Parks

June
1st

POINT DEFIANCE: Put park safety first

Recently, police officers have been removed from Point Defiance Park, replaced by a volunteer watch. I have been running at the park for more than 40 years and am very concerned for safety for all park users who walk, run or ride on the roads.

Many wonderful enhancements to the park are planned, but none directed toward park safety. Cars are speeding through the park, endangering people and animals. Bottles and other objects are thrown at people and some vehicles swerve dangerously close to runners and bikers.

On the trails, unleashed dogs have attacked people and their dogs. Many cars are

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Oct.
21st

ZOO: Elephants need more humane housing

Being a retired senior, I took advantage of a recent offer of free admission and took myself to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. It is our local jewel, and over the years I have spent hours and hours there. But this time I came away saddened.

The elephant exhibit left me as depressed as the two tenants therein - two bored, sad elephants in an area less than a half city block swaying with nothing to do. They were not even given the choice to go back into their sleep barn if they want to, as the door is closed to them.

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Aug.
1st

PARKS: Another blow to youth activities

Re: “No reprieve for go-karts at park” (TNT, 8-1).

I continue to find decisions made by city bureaucrats on removal of these family activities to be absurd. As a lifelong Tacoma resident, I find it appalling at the lack of family activities available to our youth in this city.

This short-sighted decision is another blow to our community. The Metro Parks commissioners continue to be out of touch with our community and what is needed in their jurisdiction for our families.

To replace this family activity with more buildings, conference centers and eating facilities demonstrates the short-sighted viewpoints that permeate

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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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