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Northwest Trek will get kids-oriented addition

10:37 am April 28th, 2014

One of south Pierce County’s major visitor attractions will get some new features, courtesy of voters and taxpayers in Tacoma’s Metropolitan Parks District.
A $191 million bond measure for the district was approved by voters in a special election that ended April 22. A 64 percent majority in unofficial results tallied by the Pierce County elections department easily put the measure over the 60 percent that was needed to pass.
Northwest Trek, the only part of the Metro Parks system that’s outside of Tacoma, will receive some of the $47.7 million earmarked for improvements of regional parks and facilities. For the wildlife park located on State Route 161 between Graham and Eatonville, that will translate to construction of a hands-on, nature-themed play area for children that will be called Kids Trek; a pedestrian bridge to the Hellyer Center; and upgrades of facilities for some of the 200-plus animals that inhabit Northwest Trek.
(Read more in the April 30 print edition of The Dispatch)

2 Responses to Northwest Trek will get kids-oriented addition

  1. Eric Watson Reply

    April 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Wow, for all that we pay to get into the park you would figure the profits would cover the needs. However, since they will get some of the 47 million the park should be free for the public. When tax money gets shoved into a park we have to pay to get into….then why should we pay when they receive our payment via taxes. Im thinking someone is going to get a very healthy pay check soon as that 47 million walks its way in there. I think we should look for the pretty lady who works there and see if she is driving a BMW or Mercedes or a Rolls Royce. I really doubt that high amount of money is needed to fix the park …. but to line someones wallet. Watch this issue and see where it goes. Will the park get even close to 47 million in repairs? I think that 47 million should go to our crappy roads on HWY 167 where traffic is jammed daily. That way the 12 cents a gallon tax added to gas could be removed.

  2. Eric Watson Reply

    April 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    A $191 million bond measure for the district was approved by voters in a SPECIAL ELECTION that ended April 22. A 64 percent majority in UNOFFICIAL results tallied by the Pierce County elections department easily put the measure over the 60 percent that was needed to pass

    I wonder whos pockets are going to get lined with this. I doubt it will be a person who has a labor job. Darn crooked government

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