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Titlow Park Master Planning: Citizens input wanted

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Sep. 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
September 16, 2009 1:35 pm

Citizens will have one last chance tonight to make their voices heard — at least in person — on the future planning of Titlow Park, as MetroParks Tacoma holds a public meeting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Titlow Lodge.

“This is the last meeting before staff will move forward with a recommended plan to the (MetroParks) board (of commissioners),” said MetroParks spokeswoman Nancy Johnson.

Public input taken tonight — as well as for the next week via calls and email — will help project planners put together a vision of  “the long term approach of where Titlow Park is headed,” Johnson said.

Once the input is in, MetroParks will put together a “design development plan,” which will then be submitted to park district commissioners by next month. From there, the public will have more opportunities to offer their opinions about the draft proposal, Johnson added.

MetroParks current parks improvement bond, in all $84.3 million for 65 projects, includes $3 million for Titlow Park, Johnson said. The draft plan will feature future components for the park that will be funded through the current parks improvement bond and outside resources, such as donations and grants.

One item that won’t be included in any master plan for Titlow Park is for a new northwest central pool. The Parks board already determined that that pool, budgeted under the bond at $6 million, will go to Kandle Park, Johnson said. Commissioners also passed a resolution in November determining the forthcoming master plan for Titlow should not include a new pool.

Titlow’s current pool, now five decades old and facing mechanical issues, will remain open for use as long as possible, Johnson said.

“We’re tyring to keep it operational, but there are some challegences to that,” she said.

Due to mechanical problems, the pool had to be shut down for three weeks late this summer, Johnson said.

The parks board has formed a task force to examine establishing a 50-meter public pool for the South Sound area, Johnson said, but it remains unclear if the Titlow pool will at some point need to be shutdown.

“That’s a decision the board will have to make,” she said.

Citizens who want to share their ideas about plans for Titlow Park, but who cannot attend tonight’s meeting, are asked to email or call Dick Ramsey,  the Titlow Park project manager, at dickr@tacomaparks.com or 253-305-1056.

For more information Metro Parks Tacoma’s capital projects at Titlow Park or elsewhere, go to www.metroparkstacoma.org

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