PLU opens a window for Parkland School in letter to Council

Pacific Lutheran University President Allan Belton opened a window of opportunity to the community who wants to save the Parkland School. In a letter to members of the Pierce County Council, he noted that the property is being made available for the purchase price of $2.85 million if the community can find a buyer within…

Balallan, Scotland gave Spanaway its start

By Marianne Lincoln, with notes from Steve Anderson Balallan, a small community on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides islands of Scotland was the birth place of John Montgomery in 1819. His family were farmers. He grew up among sheep, cattle and crops with plenty of room to play, but no education to make…

1846 list of local indigneous working for Fort Nisqually

The Puget Sound Agricultual Company extended across much of Pierce County’s prairie lands. Until 1846, it was considered British Land and was embattled in court through 1869, when it finally was paid and officially transferred. This is why so many 1850 Donation Land Claims were not surveyed until 1871 in the area. From Steve Anderson,…

PLU responds about the Parkland School

Pacific Lutheran University has added an article to their website about the Parkland School, also referred to was East Campus. This is copied from their web comments on 6-25-22. East Campus / Parkland School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Pacific Lutheran University is committed to the long-term health and vitality of Parkland, Washington. We’re proud of…

Parkland rallies to save their historic Parkland School

Saturday, June 11,2022, from 1 to 3 p.m., citizens of Parkland, Washington are waving signs and banners on Pacific Avenue at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 121st Street in protest of Pacific Luther University’s plans to un-list it as a state historic site and sell it to a developer who plans to demolish if…

Former Parkland Resident shades PLU tactics

Letter to the Editor: Linda Carlson The June 6 meeting with council officials regarding Parkland School confirmed what Parkland School alumni and supporters feared: what Pacific Lutheran University wants, it gets. Does what the community want matter? No way, no how. We learn that for at least two years PLU has been quietly—let’s be honest…

President Belton and PLU Regents need to work with their community

Editorial, Marianne Lincoln In many places in recent issues of “Resolute,” the magazine sent to alumni and supporters of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), the text says how the university works with their community. One article in particular: George Zeno talks Parkland, equity and community partnerships. (PLU Associate Vice President of Advancement) “No one organization is…

June 6 meeting about historic Parkland School

Councilmember Jani Hitchen has reserved a room at the James Sales School to have a community discussion about the fate of the historic Parkland School. The meeting will be held June 6. 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at 11213 Sheridan Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444. It was only May 15, when a group of people in…

6th Council District Meeting May 25

Every year, the County Council has meetings in each district instead of the Council Chambers. The 6th District, which includes West Parkland, Lakewood and Anderson Island, has a meeting May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. It is also available on Zoom at:…

The FATE of Parkland School, June 21

On May 17, the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission almost did not have a quorum, but when the Vice Chair finally came on line 10 minutes late, they were surprised by the 41 people signed on to their Zoom meeting. It was stated that it was the largest turnout of any meeting they…