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Friends of Sprinker to rally tonight

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on July 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm with 1 Comment »
July 8, 2010 4:02 pm

A group working to save Sprinker Recreation Center’s ice arena, tennis courts and other sport facilities plans a rally this evening at 112th Street and Pacific Avenue South in Parkland.

The event is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., organizer Jeff Scott said.

Friends of Sprinker has been working for more than a month to persuade Pierce County officials to find a way to make fixes to the building’s leaking roof and take of other repairs without closing the 34-year-old recreation center.

County Building official Gordon Aleshire has said he intends to order Sprinker’s closure by the end of October, basing his decision on engineering reports and concerns for safety.

That decision, however, could be revisited after another engineering report is completed.

Friends of Sprinker, meanwhile, say they’ll continue to keep pressure on elected and appointed officials until something is done to save the facility, which draws some 170,000 people to its ice rink, indoor tennis and other sport facilities and exercise mats.

The closure discussions do not involve Sprinker’s many outdoor facilities, which include ballfields and a popular skate park.

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  1. Chukkal says:

    The real “shame” here is the fact that the Pierce County Council chose to ignore the needs of this vital community center. The money was always in the budget but they found other places to spend it. Where is the accountability? Who was the inspector of the facility? Why was nothing done until they claim it’s “too late”?

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