This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
Erik Hanberg likes to talk up the parks in the Metro Parks District. But he also walks the talk. He’s been to every park in the system (there are more than 60) and documented those visits in a self-published coffee-table book.
A small businessman and executive director of City Club of Tacoma, he was appointed to the Metro Parks board in January 2010. He is seeking his first full term, and voters should give it to him.
Hanberg benefited from Metro parks growing up, and that has made him an enthusiastic advocate for the district. He says his priorities include increasing community gardens and dog parks and improving the system’s regional parks.
His opponent is a retired schoolteacher and past parks board member Jerry Thorpe. Voters should stick with Hanberg, who has brought some welcome new blood to the parks board.