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Historical perspective on Chambers Bay

Post by Kim Bradford on March 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
March 9, 2010 2:45 pm

I just read the 100-plus comments posted on David Wickert’s Sunday story about recent losses at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think Pierce County officials woke up one day and said to each other, “Let’s go build us a golf course.” Nowhere did I see any recognition of this project’s long history, which paints a much different picture:

• The Chambers Creek site was purchased to allow the county to expand its wastewater treatment facility.
• Federal mining reclamation laws prohibited the county from leaving the site as is.
• The plan to develop the park emerged from community input collected in 1995.
• Participants, in calling for a number of public amenities, also made it clear that there should be some revenue-generating uses. They settled on a restaurant and a golf course that would incorporate a public trail system.
• The original plan called for the site to be developed over 50 years. The destination golf course was conceived of as a way of fast-forwarding development of the public spaces.

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