May 17, 2015: Day 78 of 365 Daily Photos: A Day at Wright Park

We went to Wright Park in Tacoma today.  We’ve been to Wright Park, and the Seymour Conservatory, many, many times over the years and have enjoyed each visit.

Wright Park Billboard

Wright Park Billboard

Today’s outing was more to walk in the park than to visit the Seymour.  Wright Park was established in 1886 when the Tacoma Land Company donated the land to the City of Tacoma to establish a park.  Over the years between 1891 and 1910 the city acquired additional land to expand the park.  In 1927, Yakima Avenue which ran through the park was closed by the city due to growing concerns of the ever-increasing traffic using the avenue.

A bandstand was built on the top of an enormous cedar stump (built in 1927 and then burned down in 1930), maintenance facilities, a senior center, recreational facilities (playground, a bowling green, and basketball courts), a new bridge over the duck ponds, and a wading pool in the playground area.

The "Spray and Play" park - added to Wright Park i 2009

The “Spray and Play” park – added to Wright Park i 2009

In 2009, funding was made available for a “Spray and Play park” to replace the wading pool, facility restroom upgrades, land escaping, picnic tables, new interpretive signage, and a new outdoor performance area.  The Spray and Play park was funded by the community along with matching funds to honor 12 year Zina Linnik who was kidnapped from her yard in the Hilltop community and killed.  Her classmates began an initiative to fund and establish a safe place for her classmates and friends to heal.  The initiative was picked up by citizens, the city, university students and community leaders in 2007 and by 2009 the funds necessary to build the Spray and Play park had been obtained and the new addition to the park was opened in 2009.  As you can imagine, this is a very popular attraction in the summer.

Wight Park is home to many, many trees, including poplars, cedars, ash, firs, oaks, chestnuts, cypress, and the list goes on.  There at least 218 trees in the park and the park has published a downloadable pdf map of all the trees and what they are by sections.  I did not know this existed and I’ve already downloaded and printed the map and tree listing (it’s a two page pdf) for our next outing.  If you would like to obtain your own copy, go to this link and school down the page until you see the heading TREES.  Right below you find two links, the first is the Wright Park Tree map and the second is the Wright Park Tree inventory.

Here are some of the trees from yesterday’s walk in the park…as I didn’t realize a tree map was available, I don’t have all the identifying information to accompany each tree.

Horse Chestnut in Bloom

Horse Chestnut in Bloom

 

Cedar

Cedar

 

Rhododendron, Japanese Maple, and chestnut

Rhododendron, Japanese Maple, and chestnut

 

Duck Pond

Duck Po

And finally, the last image…the other side of the duck pond.  If you look closely you can see two ducks resting on the rocks.  Additionally, there’s a turtle on the third rock to the left of the center duck.

Other side of the duck pond

Other side of the duck pond

All photos taken with the iPhone 6.

 

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