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.