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)