Roland Lund of Tacoma sent this suggestion to our reader rep today. His name might be familiar; now retired, he’s a former TNT sports reporter and copy editor.
I read with interest your story on the issues surrounding the lighting of the second Narrows Bridge.
Please add this suggestion to your list … plus there might be a chance of a community-leading publication like the TNT to pick up a few bucks, too.
In Butte, Montana, a statue called “Our Lady of the Rockies” (pictured) sits atop the continental divide adjacent to the city. The statue is lighted each night through sponsorships, including memorial donations. The following paragraph is from the web site to give you some idea of how the sponsored lighting works in Butte.
“We also have a Gift of Light program where for a gift of $15 or more, we will light the statue in recognition of special occassions. Names of donors and recipients will be noted in a special Lady ad in the Butte daily newspaper, The Montana Standard. You can choose the brief message and the date it will appear in print.”
Among suggestions for the Narrows, the TNT in a joint venture with local civic or business organizations, could formulate a similar approach. Butte is not a big city, but it seems to work there. Tacoma and its surrounding regions has enormous potential to make the bridge a beautiful icon for our area.