Point Defiance: Close the Outer Loop to Cars!
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Please sign this petition urging Metro Parks Tacoma to close the outer loop of Point Defiance Park's Five Mile Drive to private cars and trucks. As Tacoma and the Puget Sound area grow, the need for quiet places like the old growth forest surrounding the outer loop is increasing. As at Seattle's Seward Park, pedestrians and bicyclists could use the paved road much more safely, and park shuttles or other alternatives could allow the elderly and disabled to continue to enjoy the loop. A closure would not affect access to Owen Beach, Fort Nisqually, or the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Closing the outer loop would also address a stubborn problem at Point Defiance Park: the feeding of wild raccoons from cars. This is a liability for the taxpayers who fund the park through Metro Parks Tacoma. A rabid raccoon could bite a person or a pet, an issue that's likely not just foreseeable but inevitable. Despite signs warning people to "not feed the animals," the problem persists -- the raccoons act like Yellowstone National Park grizzly bears did in the 1960s, approaching cars like little masked zombies.
Closing the loop would also reduce the litter problem in the otherwise pristine forest, which is mostly associated with teenage drinking and pot smoking near pullouts along the outer loop.
Urge Metro Parks Tacoma to close the outer loop to private cars!
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