Tacoma Urbanist

Dec. 21, 2007 at 12:22am

Metro Parks Votes 4 - 0 Against Sperry Dock Expansion; Commissioner Mello Introduces Resolution Against

On December 10, 2007, Metro Parks heard a presentation on the proposal to expand the Sperry Dock on the waterfront.

According to the Tacoma Weekly, a number of people tesitified against the proposal:

Rick Rose said the ships block views from Jack Hyde Park and the Chinese Reconciliation Park, which is currently under construction.  More ships "will have an immense negative impact on the waterfront." he remarked.

After hearing the presentation, the Metro Parks voted against the expansion proposal.


(Rendition from the group Walk the Waterfront as to how two additional ships would look like on the waterfront)

Key parts of the resolution:

WHEREAS, the Sperry Ocean Dock Shoreline Development Project does not include provisions to provide public access on the site, or to facilitate the extension of a public access trail from the Thea Foss Waterfront to the Ruston Way Promenade

WHEREAS, the Sperry Ocean Dock Shoreline Development Project impedes the public's enjoyment of the waterfront; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, by the Board of Park Commissions of the Metropolitan Park Distrct of Tacoma to recommend to the City of Tacoma that the City not approve the Sperry Ocean Dock Shoreline Development Project because of the Projects lack of public access provisions and incompatibility with the recreational use and enjoyment of the waterfront, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Park Commissions recommend the City of Tacoma work with the business owner to find a more appropriate location that is non-residential, non-recreational as it's primary use so that the business can thrive elsewhere.

The foregoing resolution was adopted by the Board of Commissions of the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma at a regular meeting held on December 10, 2007.

Here are some key statements from the Metro Parks Board Commissioners via the Tacoma Weekly:

Commission Ryan Mello said such ships belong at the naval yard in Bremerton.

Mello introducted the resolution, which requests Tacoma City Council to reject Coy's application.

Commissioner Victoria Woodards said the ships blick views.

Commissioner Larry Dahl said he feels this operation does not mesh with the vision of Ruston Way as an area for recreation.

This is going to be an interesting process.

For more information on this issue see:


TNT Article : Dock Owner Wants to Expand


NW Asian Weekly : Ship Out!

North End Neighborhood Council position against expansion of Sperry Dock

Walk The Waterfront
: Group Formed Against Sperry Dock Expansion

Exit 133 Forum Thread On Sperry Dock


Our Shores : Another Group against Sperry Dock Expansion

comments [8]  |  posted under metro parks, tacoma, washington

Comments

by michael g. on 12/21/2007 @ 9:29am
Good to see people standing up against the expansion -- it would be a great to go a step further and get the ships to move somewhere else. If they stay, they should be forced to accommodate a new waterfront trail.

by Erik on 12/21/2007 @ 10:14am
Good to see people standing up against the expansion -- it would be a great to go a step further and get the ships to move somewhere else

Fortunately, the Metro Parks Board has become vocal on a number of issues lately such as the steam plant adjacent to Wright Park. A park can only really be as good as the surrounding area, especially small ones.


by Erik on 1/16/2008 @ 1:53pm
Update : 1/16/2007 on Sperry Dock:


On Monday, city public works officials sent dock owner Gary Coy a formal notice of violations of the city's nuisance code.

The notice cited "Deteriorated over water structure show in enclosed photographs requires removal and or repair" and "Remove in water and upland debris from property."

blogs.thenewstribune.com/oped/?blog=14&t...

by Erik on 5/22/2010 @ 12:58pm
Update:

To all concerning, come show your support on the issue:

Received via email:

Come to City Council Chambers to show your support for a public-
access, connected waterfront.

Monday June 14th 9:30AM to 5:00PM
Tuesday June 15th 9:00AM to 4:00PM
and possibly Thursday June 17th during the day

It's time for Tacoma to stand up and defend its beautiful waterfront
against more development at Sperry Ocean Dock.


Thank you.

________________

Our Tacoma city government may lock us out from our own shoreline for future generations

Monday June 14, 2010 @ 9:30AM

Come to Council Chambers on the

1st Floor of City Hall at 747 Market Street to:
Save Tacoma’s Shoreline

StSTacoma@gmail.com

We don’t want more fences and “Do Not Enter” signs

We want public access along our shoreline in Tacoma’s Old Town, Stadium & Schuster District S-7

Tacoma deserves to walk and bike along our waterfront all the way from the
Tacoma Dome to Pt. Defiance
For more than 20 years, Sperry Ocean Dock has received millions of dollars of federal funds –

your tax money – to rent space to the 2 outdated freighters docked along our Old Town shoreline.

Now the City of Tacoma is giving Sperry Ocean Dock permission to expand between Old Town and
Thea Foss Esplanade including a new 18,500 square foot over-water parking lot for 60 additional
cars, new catwalk and new mooring facilities to allow for even larger ships to be mothballed for
many more years. And more fencing and Keep Out signage and more of your tax money.
Our government wouldn’t allow that to happen…would it? Yes. Our city officials approved it.
We have the right to enjoy our beautiful Commencement Bay views while walking or biking from
Old Town to Thea Foss Esplanade. Tacomans deserve shoreline access for personal watercraft,
recreation, enjoyment of fresh air, dog-walking, running, skating, strolling, and healthy lifestyles.
Sperry Dock is a dark sky hostile business. Our mobility rights are being denied. The current
Washington State Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (173-26 WAC) require: “…emphasis on the
maintenance, protection, restoration, and preservation of ‘fragile’ shoreline ‘natural resources,’ ‘public
health,’ ‘the land and its vegetation and wildlife.’” (8, p13) “Reduce the adverse effects of shoreline
modifications and, as much as possible, limit shoreline modifications in number and extent.” (2 (b) p 71)
“Identify public access needs and opportunities within the jurisdiction and explore actions to enhance
shoreline recreation facilities, as described in WAC 173-26-221 (V p38)
Like our neighbors in Northeast Tacoma who fought for green-space and against 800 new homes,
it’s time to stand up and say NO!
• No more berthing of 600+ foot long ships in our historic district
• No more mistreatment of our sensitive environment
• No repositioning of the mooring dolphins to allow for 900+ foot long ships
• No more sulfurous air pollution next to our parks, gulches, and schools
• No more interference with our salmon run, mammals and aquatic habitat
• No new overwater parking lot for 60 additional cars and No More Ships!

Support a cleaner, healthier city!
Come to the Council Chambers on the
1st floor of Tacoma’s City Hall at 747 Market Street at 9:30AM on Monday June 14th
Show that you want our children and grandchildren to have public,
free waterfront access along the Old Town and Schuster S-7 shoreline.
Get on the mailing list • Find out what’s happening
Save the Shoreline in Tacoma’s S-7 District
StSTacoma@gmail.com
This year, Washington’s shoreline master plan is being updated and Sperry Ocean Dock is
protected, while we, the residents and voters of Tacoma’s S-7 district, are being ignored.

For more information:

1) www.nenc.org/NENC-SperryDockOpinionLetter11-12-20.pdf
2) Sperry SHR2007-40000098728
3) 616 North Schuster Parkway, Tacoma
4) www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?cid=13880
Appeal Hearing: June 14, 15 and 17, 2010


by Erik on 5/22/2010 @ 12:58pm
Update:

To all concerning, come show your support on the issue:

Received via email:

Come to City Council Chambers to show your support for a public-
access, connected waterfront.

Monday June 14th 9:30AM to 5:00PM
Tuesday June 15th 9:00AM to 4:00PM
and possibly Thursday June 17th during the day

It's time for Tacoma to stand up and defend its beautiful waterfront
against more development at Sperry Ocean Dock.


Thank you.

________________

Our Tacoma city government may lock us out from our own shoreline for future generations

Monday June 14, 2010 @ 9:30AM

Come to Council Chambers on the

1st Floor of City Hall at 747 Market Street to:
Save Tacoma’s Shoreline

StSTacoma@gmail.com

We don’t want more fences and “Do Not Enter” signs

We want public access along our shoreline in Tacoma’s Old Town, Stadium & Schuster District S-7

Tacoma deserves to walk and bike along our waterfront all the way from the
Tacoma Dome to Pt. Defiance
For more than 20 years, Sperry Ocean Dock has received millions of dollars of federal funds –

your tax money – to rent space to the 2 outdated freighters docked along our Old Town shoreline.

Now the City of Tacoma is giving Sperry Ocean Dock permission to expand between Old Town and
Thea Foss Esplanade including a new 18,500 square foot over-water parking lot for 60 additional
cars, new catwalk and new mooring facilities to allow for even larger ships to be mothballed for
many more years. And more fencing and Keep Out signage and more of your tax money.
Our government wouldn’t allow that to happen…would it? Yes. Our city officials approved it.
We have the right to enjoy our beautiful Commencement Bay views while walking or biking from
Old Town to Thea Foss Esplanade. Tacomans deserve shoreline access for personal watercraft,
recreation, enjoyment of fresh air, dog-walking, running, skating, strolling, and healthy lifestyles.
Sperry Dock is a dark sky hostile business. Our mobility rights are being denied. The current
Washington State Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (173-26 WAC) require: “…emphasis on the
maintenance, protection, restoration, and preservation of ‘fragile’ shoreline ‘natural resources,’ ‘public
health,’ ‘the land and its vegetation and wildlife.’” (8, p13) “Reduce the adverse effects of shoreline
modifications and, as much as possible, limit shoreline modifications in number and extent.” (2 (b) p 71)
“Identify public access needs and opportunities within the jurisdiction and explore actions to enhance
shoreline recreation facilities, as described in WAC 173-26-221 (V p38)
Like our neighbors in Northeast Tacoma who fought for green-space and against 800 new homes,
it’s time to stand up and say NO!
• No more berthing of 600+ foot long ships in our historic district
• No more mistreatment of our sensitive environment
• No repositioning of the mooring dolphins to allow for 900+ foot long ships
• No more sulfurous air pollution next to our parks, gulches, and schools
• No more interference with our salmon run, mammals and aquatic habitat
• No new overwater parking lot for 60 additional cars and No More Ships!

Support a cleaner, healthier city!
Come to the Council Chambers on the
1st floor of Tacoma’s City Hall at 747 Market Street at 9:30AM on Monday June 14th
Show that you want our children and grandchildren to have public,
free waterfront access along the Old Town and Schuster S-7 shoreline.
Get on the mailing list • Find out what’s happening
Save the Shoreline in Tacoma’s S-7 District
StSTacoma@gmail.com
This year, Washington’s shoreline master plan is being updated and Sperry Ocean Dock is
protected, while we, the residents and voters of Tacoma’s S-7 district, are being ignored.

For more information:

1) www.nenc.org/NENC-SperryDockOpinionLetter11-12-20.pdf
2) Sperry SHR2007-40000098728
3) 616 North Schuster Parkway, Tacoma
4) www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?cid=13880
Appeal Hearing: June 14, 15 and 17, 2010


by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2010 @ 1:04pm
Here's a rendering I did of what the waterfront could eventually look like from space:



Link to KFnet

by Erik on 5/22/2010 @ 1:18pm
Yeah. That was an awesome image Kevin, a classic rivaled only by the WSHM wall photoshop image.

by ixia on 5/22/2010 @ 1:20pm
The ONLY positive thing about the ships is the Cormorants hanging out on the ropes. Perhaps we should work on recreate some type of lines for the birds. It’s way past time for those ships to move along. We would not allow a row of tanks permanently parked along Pacific Ave (even though there is plenty of parking).