Friday, July 07, 2006

The Wright Choice for a Public Space

It's one of the largest green spaces in the entire city, often referred to as "Tacoma's Central Park". It's surrounded by some of the city's most ornate and historic houses. It's ready for growth with a new master plan developed just last year. It's Wright Park, the penultimate public space in our ongoing list of ten potentially great public spaces downtown.

Wright Park was established in the 19th Century through a land donation by Charles B. Wright. The founding vision was one of a bucolic, scenic, pastoral, passive public space as embodied by traditional English parks. One of the park's jewels is the Seymour Conservatory (27 acres with over 500 species of plants in a 3100 SF Victorian era greenhouse). Since that time, of course, much has changed. The master plan will help set the stage for activating Wright Park by reorganizing park amenities, activities, and facilities that have been haphazardly located in previous phases of improvement.

Check out Wright Park this weekend or during this year's Ethnic Fest on July 29th & 30th. Then take a look at the recommendations of the master plan. If you have comments or better ideas, send them to Kristi Evans with Metro Parks Tacoma.

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