Metro Parks Tacoma http://kplu.org en Suspicious fire damages historic Point Defiance Pagoda http://kplu.org/post/suspicious-fire-damages-historic-point-defiance-pagoda <p>An early morning fire has damaged the iconic, nearly 100-year-old Pagoda structure inside Tacoma&#39;s Point Defiance Park, but Metro Parks officials believe the brick building can be repaired. It will just take awhile; though exactly how long will not be known until inspectors can get into the building to assess the damage. The building is insured.</p><p>Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/04/16/1628280/suspicious-blaze-devastates-pagoda.html">told The News Tribune the fire is &quot;suspicious in origin.&quot;</a></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:17:21 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1218 at http://kplu.org Suspicious fire damages historic Point Defiance Pagoda Joy riders damage Tacoma parks http://kplu.org/post/joy-riders-damage-tacoma-parks <p>Vandals have damaged the <a href="http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=665">Jane Clark Park</a> sports field in Tacoma. Officials won&#39;t know exactly how bad the damage is until they can test the irrigation and drainage systems in the spring. It appears a 4x4 vehicle left deep ruts running from one end of the field to the other.</p><p>The park had recently been upgraded as part of the 2005 Park Improvement bond measure. Joy riders also ripped up half a dozen other Tacoma parks this week.</p><p> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:22:11 +0000 Dave Meyer 884 at http://kplu.org Joy riders damage Tacoma parks