Last Friday we noted the state Department of Transportation's announcement that the fence that had been around Tacoma's Pugnetti Park since Occupy Tacoma protesters vacated the premises in February would finally be taken down. The DOT owns Pugnetti Park, and had put the fence in place to keep people out after the four-month occupation in Tacoma.
"We're pleased we found a short-term solution that allows continued use of the park while we work with the community to develop a long-term plan for management and ownership of the parcel," said State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond in a press release announcing the fence's removal.
The Daily Weekly's post about the end of the Pugnetti Park fence inspired commenter Alan OldStudent (who was featured in a YouTube video included in the post) to weigh in:
I'm so glad the park is open to the public again. It is a beautiful place and an asset to Tacoma's downtown. I've always loved it. When my wife was alive, I took her down there and made several pictures of her in the park.
Thanks for including a video of my speech, the last speech given in Tacoma's Occupation Park.