Jun. 18, 2009 at 10:33am
Still not sure of it's name (one worker told me his sheet said "Thea Foss Park") but the park being developed along Dock Street under the 21st Street bridge is looking great. There's parking, plenty of grassy areas, some great horizontal sitting stones, the extension/completion of the waterfront path, what I think are kayak rests, some solid landscaping, and a Stonehenge-like feature done up in black metal and timbers. See for yourself!
I'm really looking forward to be able to enjoy lunches down there -- rain or shine! I'm curious, however, why this park is cruising along so much faster than the Chinese Reconciliation Park I thought was open last July?
4/23 - Photos ~ Extended Foss Waterway Promenade
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by Erik on 6/18/2009 @ 10:41am
|Nice pictures Kevin. So encouraging to see the esplanade get extended a good distance. The walkway is really nice and goes onto the bridge.
The parking is nice also as the city unfortunately (and unnecessarily IMO) eliminated so much of the street parking on Dock Street which has made the waterfront difficult to utilize.
by tacoma1 on 6/18/2009 @ 11:49am
|I have used this new walkway several times. It is only getting nicer. Sometimes I get really thirsty and stop in at Woodys for a refreshing drink. Once this is done, I would expect this area to draw more people to it.
by DSTacoma on 6/18/2009 @ 12:01pm
|I believe the current name is "Bridge View Park;" though I believe that is subject to change.
The designer in me says w/ sarcasm, "CMU, yipee! How waterfront appropriate."
by Erik Hanberg on 6/18/2009 @ 12:08pm
by L.S.Erhardt on 6/18/2009 @ 12:19pm
|"I'm curious, however, why this park is cruising along so much faster than the Chinese Reconciliation Park I thought was open last July?"|
Because this one is being paid for by our tax dollars and is under the jurisdiction of Metro Parks. The Reconciliation Park is being privately funded. The land the Recon park is being built on was actually donated by the US Coast Guard, not purchased as was the land with this new "Bridge View Park".
by jenyum on 6/18/2009 @ 3:43pm
|Erik, I think it means Concrete Masonry Unit. Meaning I guess, the stuff the bathrooms are made out of. At least there will be bathrooms. Why do we get nice bathrooms at waterfront view parks but not at playgrounds?
by Nick on 6/18/2009 @ 3:46pm
|Tacoma parks remind me of what I used to do in Sim City. Every time I found a space that couldn't have a building or was too barren/ugly, I would fill it with a park.|
So instead of strategically locating a park near other public amenities an businesses, they just acted as placeholders.
This park looks awesome, but I can't help but think this is just another "we had to fill this space with something" park rather than a "let's build a park here because it would complement the streetscape" park.
by Nick on 6/18/2009 @ 3:48pm
|... not to be such a downer or anything ;-) It really does look fantastic so far!|
by Erik on 6/18/2009 @ 4:21pm
|So instead of strategically locating a park near other public amenities an businesses, they just acted as placeholders.
Thats basically what happened with Tollefon.
However, this part is adjacent to the esplanade and the water. I think people will park here during summer to walk around the area.
Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.
So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!