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Tag: pugnetti park

March
29th

TACOMA: Pugnetti Park has statutory immunity

Recently the Washington State Department of Transportation closed Don Pugnetti Park in downtown Tacoma and put it up for sale. One of the reasons it gave for the closure was the public liability and related costs the park represents.

A closer look at the situation will show that the park comes under Washington State Recreation Immunity Statute, RCW 4.24.210. In summary the statute provides immunity to the owners of property that have been put aside for the enjoyment of the public as long as there is no admission fee charged and there are no known dangerous artificial latent conditions. The

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March
26th

TACOMA: City must save Pugnetti Park

Re: “Preserve park honoring one of Tacoma’s civic leaders” (editorial, 3-26).

Don Pugnetti Park is a beautiful green space welcoming all who enter the downtown core of our city via Pacific Avenue, Interstate 705 or state Route 509. The Washington State Department of Transportation “owns” the property but doesn’t want any responsibility in relation to the park.

The city should easily be able to negotiate the transfer of title from the state to the City of Tacoma. Your editorial points out that maintenance of the park property is not an issu     e as it is under contract with the

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March
26th

TACOMA: Leaders should be having a fit over park

We need to ask Seattle how they get city leaders and a mayor who care about open space.

In this day and age, saving green space in the middle of town is a no-brainier. If Pugnetti Park were in Seattle, the move by the Washington State Department of Transportation to close and sell it would be unheard of. But not in doormat Tacoma.

Tacoma leaders should be on the phone to the governor asking why billions of taxpayers’ dollars go to Seattle transportation projects and a small park at the entrance to the City of Tacoma is closed without a

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