The last remaining vestiges from Point Defiance Park’s Never Never Land – the Old Woman’s Shoe and the stack of giant books – are coming down this week.
Demolition will take place today and Friday on the wood and stucco structures near Fort Nisqually in the park, according to Metro Parks spokeswoman Nancy Johnson. The four-decade-old structures are deteriorating and moldy to the point that they were deemed unsafe, Johnson said.
“There’s nothing that’s even recyclable or reusable,” Johnson said.
The family attraction, which featured playhouses and figurines based on fairy tales, has fallen into disrepair over the years. It opened in 1964 as a private concession within the park according to the park district’s history of the site. Metro Parks bought the attraction and reopened it in 1986, after the original owner was unable to make a go of it.
In 2001, the district removed the figurines and in the meantime has removed the remaining rotting wooden structures. Now, the area features a newer pirate’s ship play structure and picnic tables.
Johnson said the remaining figurines are being kept in storage and the district still has the original molds. The district has no immediate plans for the area, but long-range plans suggest that it would be an appropriate site for a Native American interpretive site to complement Fort Nisqually.
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