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The tiny downtown park at Pacific Avenue and South 21st Street was little noticed by its owner before it spent four months as a campsite for the local Occupy Wall Street offshoot.

Now the park’s owner, the Washington State Department of Transportation, is worried about liability and looking for buyers.

“I would say the whole Occupy Tacoma thing just sort of called it to our attention,” WSDOT spokesman Steve Pierce said. “We’re certainly not in the park business.”

In the meantime, the public is barred indefinitely from Don Pugnetti Park. A fence blocks access.

Someone could hurt themselves at the park and the state could be held liable, Pierce said. While that’s been true for years, he said Occupy Tacoma put a spotlight on the concern.

Give me a break.

I would love to hear how this would play out if there were teabaggers instead of OWS people. Ya know, the teabaggers with guns and spitting on Democratic congressmen.

Originally posted to Unforgiven on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.


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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Either you're wit' us or a Guinness -- Brilliant!

    by Unforgiven on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:33:08 AM PDT

  •  Presumably, the Dept of Transportation (4+ / 0-)
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    marina, Unforgiven, glitterscale, mookins

    has a blanket liability policy for all facilities.  The park just needs to be added on, if it's not already there.
    Fenced off it is probably a greater hazard since someone could get cut or scratched by the metal. A fenced area that's not constantly attended is an attractive nuisance.
    Better they should hire someone to supervise the area and assist users for a modest amount of money.

    Or set up a park watch, like a neighborhood watch.

    Tell them to think outside the box.  
    Public property is not a holding category until some private person wants to use it.

    The thesis of "The Tragedy of the Commons" tried to sell the virtues of private property with the argument that ownership makes humans better stewards of the land. There is little or no evidence to support the thesis. The degradation of our environment has been perpetrated by people who don't like to clean up after themselves and define ownership as a license to trash.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 11:13:05 AM PDT

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