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Imagine Tacoma–S. 19th & Tyler (2)
As the City Council and JMAC (Joint Municipal Action Committee) wrestled this week with a vision for the combination of lands at the southeast corner of South 19th and Tyler, Imagine Tacoma looks at what ‘might’ be considered for the ‘neighborhood’ sans Cheney Stadium:
Henry Foss High School for Environmental Studies
Combine the City’s embrace of sustainability with a School District pedagogical overlay to create a high school with a focus on environmental design. Devote the South end of the property for an experimental ‘Enviro Research Field’ for the testing of the application of new and old environmental technologies – a demonstration field so to speak (from worm bins to wind turbines). With great solar access, wind potential, proximity to the land fill (methane powered boilers?) and visibility from SR 16, the school could be a secondary upland partner to Urban Waters.
Augment the existing park with improvement of trails through natural drumlin and provide clear connections to the other facilities within the neighborhood.
Active Recreation Park
Consider the existing Cheney Stadium site for creation of a active recreation park that might include a mountain bike course (with access direct from the Scott Pierson Trail), a skills course, a ropes course (both high and low) and/or a dog park (Titlow Pool needs to stay at Titlow Park).
The focus of increase residential density and commercial development needs to be within our currently designated mixed-use centers (I thought that is why they exist?)– not continuing to sprawl into our undeveloped natural areas – because once these area are gone, they are not going to be recreated – ever. These natural areas are key pearls in the necklace of open park space between China Lake and Snake Lake – connect them – don’t dissect them.
And as for Cheney Stadium? It should be relocated to the tank farm at the Eastern tip of the Thea Foss Waterway.
Located there it can combine natural beauty, economic development, and Port buffering to become the model for all small urban ballparks – Go Tacoma Tugs!
(For the full waterfront stadium discussion see thriceallamerican.com)
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