The people who live in Midland fought through the spring to keep their park usable, then realized that the struggle was a good thing. Saturday, they’ll celebrate their work, and their future, with a barbecue and potluck from 3 p.m. to sunset at Dawson Playfield.
They got to know each other while trying to persuade Pierce County Parks & Recreation not to drop maintenance at Dawson Park. When that didn’t work, they organized a Saturday of civil disobedience, showing up on their riding mowers and cutting the grass. When that got parks and rec’s attention, they set up a mowing schedule and took the required volunteer training.
In the end, Pierce County Parks & Recreation restored services to Dawson. If you’ve driven by the park at Portland Avenue and 90th Street East, you’ll have noticed that it looked great and was heavily used all summer.
Now Midland neighbors want to keep that energy mobilized. They want to revive the spirit of the Midland Improvement Club and Business Club that put the hum of prosperity into the business district in the 1940s. They want to rekindle the spirit, and work ethic, of residents, led by bill Dawson, who bought the land and developed Dawson Playfield, and of Morey Taylor who ran the softball teams there in the 1970s.
They’ll launch that with the barbecue and potluck, complete with games and raffles.
They’re encouraging neighbors to bring the whole family, including the pets, and their favorite lawn games, from bocce to badminton. Green-minded, they’re suggesting that people bring their own reusable dishes and silverware.