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TACOMA: Kids enjoyed ‘bummer’ of a gulch

Of all the gulches mentioned in The News Tribune articles lately, I have yet to see my favorite, Bummer’s Gulch.

Perhaps it is because there is no one left my age who enjoyed it as a child back in the very early 1930s, or as kids maybe we were the only ones who knew it by that name. Supposedly, hobos camped in there somewhere, although we never saw one.

To us kids, it was a beautiful woodland filled with wildflowers we picked for our mothers or wild blackberries or strawberries we ate as we hiked.

I haven’t seen the changes

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PARKS: State funding vital for improvements

The biking trail in Swan Creek Park (TNT, 5-3) is off to a great start, but future trails and other improvements to the park hang in the balance of budget negotiations in the state Legislature.

Metro Parks Tacoma has applied for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant that would increase park access, expand existing trail networks, provide amenities that would attract new visitors and expand the community garden program. We thank Gov. Jay Inslee for recommending $75 million for the WWRP grant program, funding Swan Creek Park. Unfortunately, the House and Senate budgets fall short of this level.

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