Morgan's Brain

Dec. 29, 2008 at 11:48am

Send your ideas for Tacoma's shoreline

From my "in" box:

Dear Walk the Waterfront supporter:
Yes, that means you the cyclist, runner, kayaker, photographer, walker, and anyone else who uses the  Tacoma  waterfront from the Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance, this email is for you.
The City of  Tacoma  is updating the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) and has invited Walk the Waterfront to provide comments on we would like to see our waterfront.
It isn’t just Walk the Waterfront needing to provide comments, we need to hear from “Joe the cyclist” (sorry for the McCain plagiarism) and “Sandi the runner”. What is it that you like or frustrates you with  Tacoma ’s waterfront as well as any idea you have with how you would like to see our waterfront?
For example, one mother has indicated the sidewalks on  Ruston Way  do not go through all the way to Point Defiance. A bike commuter living on  North 42nd Street  would like a safer bike route to his job in downtown along the waterfront. A kayaker wants more public access to beaches and emergency exits.
Further details on the SMP purpose as well as key issues can be found below.
We need to hear from you on what you would like to see along our waterfront. Walk the Waterfront will submit your responses, ideas, and comments to the City of  Tacoma Planning Division . Please send us your response by January 07, 2009 to either:
- or -
Walk the Waterfront
2522 N. Proctor #228
Tacoma,  WA   98406
Thank you,
Lara Hermann                                                                   Rick Rose
President                                                                         Vice-President
Purpose of the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP):
The SMP provides policies and regulations that guide development along all of  Tacoma ’s 42 miles of shoreline areas. The Washington Shoreline Management Act (SMA) was adopted in 1972, “to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s shorelines.” The SMA has three broad policies:
·         Encourage water-dependent uses
·         Protect shoreline natural resources
·         Promote public access to the shoreline
The City of  Tacoma  is in the process of updating the Tacoma Shoreline Master Program (SMP) and is looking to gain input on revisions to the SMP. For more information on the SMP update, go to and click on Shoreline Master Program.
Today, the walkways and trails along the  Commencement   Bay  waterfront are a series of cul-de-sacs or unsafe routes rather than a contiguous pedestrian centric path from the Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance. It is a good start, but much more is needed to for  Tacoma  to achieve a world class urban waterfront.
Considering it has been 12 years since the last update of the Tacoma SMP, it is critical that we express our voice on the following points:
1)      The need for greater public access to our shorelines.
2)      Current waterfront trails and access will not meet the demands of forecasted  Puget Sound  population trends.
3)      The need to have a shoreline trail for walkers and bicyclists from the Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance that is safe and usable by all family members.
4)      Have the ability to connect this waterfront trail to other trails, i.e. Water Ditch, Pierson, and Foothills Trail (to  Mt. Rainier ).
5)      The creation of a waterfront trail that can be used by bike commuters.
6)      A waterfront trail needs to have multiple destinations and attractions as prescribed by Project for Public Spaces on how to turn around a waterfront.
7)      The need for creative solutions toward achieving such a trail.


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by Heather on 12/29/2008 @ 1:49pm
Thanks Morgan. I just sent off my message.