Morgan's Brain

Feb. 23, 2009 at 12:01pm

Free Land for Community Gardens?!

Somehow, I missed the exit133 recap on the Feb 10th city council meeting. Had I checked, I would have seen that a bunch of former Public Utility substation sites are being sold off. Here's the list:

  • Adams, 1920 Adams Street North;
  • Centennial, 543 North Stadium Way;
  • Downing, 1801 North Orchard Street;
  • Fairmont, 4924 North 31st Street;
  • Junett, 3008 North 16th Street;
  • Ruston, 5001 North Visscher Street;
  • Parkland, 101 127th Street East;
  • Warner, 3404 South 45th Street
  • Lincoln Park, 1009 South 35th Street;

Progress is already being made to turn the Junett site into a neighborhood playground/garden. Adams is also getting similar attention. But what about the other ones? Do the neighborhoods even know what's going on? They will soon- for sale signs go up in about a month. Until then, if you live near a site and would like to see it's use retained by the community (for a p-patch, playground, or ???), contact your city representative and LET THEM KNOW! City agencies will get first priority before being sold off to the highest bidder.

Please forward this link to community and neighborhood groups you think might be interested in creating a community garden or playground.

comments [3]  |  posted under tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 2/23/2009 @ 4:58pm
Just curious but is there much precedent for using such spaces as parks geared toward adults needing a place to catch a little zen? Parks for kids are great but single dudes aren't looked upon highly when relaxing by themselves near a play place. Seems parents and singles alike could use some calm spaces to go without the kids as well.

by morgan on 2/23/2009 @ 7:23pm
Yes. The 8th & I (eye) folks did a great job with their park- it has a little something for everyone: garden, playtoys, basketball hoop.

by morgan on 3/4/2009 @ 5:30pm
The TNT is on it: