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Imagine Tacoma – Tall Ships Connections
Having circumnavigated the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade numerous times over the Tall Ships Festival this past weekend, it was painfully reinforced to me mates (and dogs) just how bad the pedestrian connections are from Pacific Avenue down to the Waterway (or in the case of Murray Morgan Bridge – not at all!). As we assisted eager visitors wandering around Fireman’s Park in confusion (asking ‘How the @)#( do you get there from here?”) and when a good soul taped-up hastily made signs to provide direction for pedestrians to access the event – it is obvious we have a serious problem City of Destiny. So Imagine Tacoma revisits past Thea Foss Connection concepts – Free Chihuly Bridge, 15th Street Connection, Murray Morgan Bridge, Prairie TAM Companion, Tacoma Gateway – along with considering what a true 4th Street Connection might be.
Connect 4th Street to Pacific Ave, Stadium Way and Broadway
Excavate the old walkway through the woods that is level with Pacific Avenue and that then provide a springing level for a walkway over Schuster Parkway to the Thea Foss. This terrace level can connect up to Stadium Way as well as down to Schuster (and can be extended for an entrance to a ‘Walk the Water’ route to Ruston Way). Not only connect the Northend of Downtown to the Foss but the St. Helen’s District/Stadium District as well.
A cable stayed structure that has minimal vertical pier structure that ends at a lookout platform (with stairway and elevator connection down to Thea’s Park) for viewing the increased BSNF train traffic as well as the boats on the water (and maybe a relocated Cheney Stadium – Gas Tank Park? – to watch the Tacoma Tugs).
Since these types of project always seem to take a bit of time, let us start working today to connect the Thea Foss Waterway into Downtown in preparation for Tall Ships 2011. Anyone interested in coming aboard?
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