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Tag: Sprinker

July
6th

SPRINKER: Is county seeking a buyer?

Rumors have started to spread. One makes sense: The Sprinker Recreation Center will soon be condemned.

If the county is not going to rebuild, will the ailing structure sit vacant? That makes little sense.

Not long ago Lowe’s wanted to purchase the property adjacent to the recreation center. It is my belief that this is the future of Sprinker. If this happens, little will be unaffected at the facility. The ballfields will have to be removed, the skate park filled in, tennis center closed and forest impacted beyond belief.

The county has told the public that the

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June
30th

SPRINKER: Faded jewel fights for its life

Over the past 15 years, Sprinker Recreation Center has been under the watch of three different Pierce County executives and numerous County Council members. Most ignored it while taxpayer funds were poured into other pet projects.

Over those same years, Sprinker continued to limp along while loyal facility maintenance staff used Band-Aids, duct tape and even buckets in the ceiling, to hold her together.

While Sprinker quietly rotted away, new parks and ballfields were designed, property was acquired and the Foothills Trail built, and the Chambers Bay Golf Course was developed.

And all the while, Sprinker sat grandly out in

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June
29th

SPRINKER: Loss would be a terrible setback for recreation

I became a friend of Sprinker about 6 years ago when my then 3-year-old granddaughter introduced me to the world of ice skating. Since that time I’ve attended, along with other family members and friends, many ice shows and competitions.

On each occasion we’ve been amazed at the number of participants and the genuine support the competitors share for one another. It’s obvious that these disciplined athletes are learning more than a “sport”. It means being successful in life is more than winning a first place ribbon.

The loss of Sprinker’s facilities will be terrible setback for recreation

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June
29th

SPRINKER: More than just an ice rink would be lost

Sprinker Recreation Center revenues account for more than 50 percent of Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s total revenue countywide. Sprinker is the only facility of its kind in the state and perhaps the entire country that offers such a wide array of recreational activities in one location.

What Washington residents will lose if Sprinker closes:
indoor and outdoor facilities for all ages; top-quality coaches; national teams; and events for baseball, tennis, soccer, aerobics, yoga, gymnastics, karate, toe, Tap Tumble for tots, tae kwon do, judo, racketball, rock-climbing, basketball, volleyball, chidren’s theater, wellness and fitness classes, T-ball, SKid Mobile,

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June
29th

SPRINKER: County shouldn’t wait to renovate center

Pierce County says it is going to try to find the the funds to renovate Sprinker Recreation Center. If it does, it would take a year to find funding and another year to renovate. That’s two years that the building will be closed and without revenue.

Sprinker makes money, unlike the Chambers Bay Golf Club that the county keep sticking money into in hopes that the U.S. Open tournament will come in 2015. Is that a for-sure thing? Until then it will most likely lose more money.

Pierce County shouldn’t put more money into a sinking hole. Find the

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June
28th

SPRINKER: Who was minding the store?

I think it will be a sad sad day if Pierce County closes Sprinker Recreation Center. It is so important for our community and serves so much more than just ice skating.

I personally would agree to a tax and would like it to be just for Sprinker. I would vote for a general tax to keep it open, and I would donate financially – not to mention my time – to keep it open.

That being said, I also wonder how this happened. We did not just notice all the problems in a day. This building has not been

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June
25th

SPRINKER: A case of county negligence

For 12 years, from the moment my daughters’ blades first touched the ice, Sprinker Recreation Center has been an integral part of my life. I have been a volunteer, an employee, a skate mom and a recreational skater.

For these same 12 years, the renovation of this facility has been under discussion by the Pierce County Council. Instead of the renovation, or at least the necessary repair of the facility, the council has invariably chosen to ignore Sprinker’s needs and built little- used trails and a glitzy golf course. Moreover, Sprinker earns more than half of the Pierce County

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June
25th

PIERCE COUNTY: Fund Sprinker, not golf course

I read with dismay the suggestion to close Sprinker Recreation Center because of safety issues. Sprinker is a safe and healthy recreation center for youth to congregate, skate and join structured sessions of activities.

While I realize that Chambers Bay Golf Course is a beautiful facility in a glorious location, we are in a recession, and fewer people benefit from that facility than from Sprinker. Our children deserve and need a safe place to go and have fun, not to mention the wonderful skating opportunities for hundreds every year. But yet again, our elected officials have put their allegiance behind

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