Each time I visit University Place, I generally drive along the road by the Fircrest Golf Club in Fircrest. Lately instead of looking at the well manicured fairways of the Fircrest Golf Club, I’ve been eying developments directly across the street: Paradise Pond Park.
Once I saw a picnic table at Paradise Pond Park I knew Peg and I had to visit there for lunch.
The park at 2915 67th Ave W, #3499, Tacoma, WA 98466 is still under construction, but well worth visiting. There are pathways with trees bending over offering shade and protection from minor raid drops.
There are several pathways in and around the park, but there is no hint of where they lead. Like Robert Frost we chose the path less traveled. We hoped to see Paradise Pond. We’re still not sure if we found it. There was a short fence separating the pathway from what might have been a pond . . . at one time, but we saw no water, but there was a kind of a concaveness to what might have been ferns and an area devoid of big trees.
Many of the Douglas Firs (we’re guessing) invited climbing, but my weight and age told me not to bother. They were nice examples of local forests, foothills, and both the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains.
Is bamboo now a native plant in Washington? We saw three separate stands of bamboo in just the small area where we walked. I’m guessing their might be more all around the park. I do wonder why is hasn’t been removed, since bamboo is aggressive and can grow and take over almost any local landscape, and it is definitely not native!
Through the woods we saw houses on the outskirts of the park. I wonder if there are plans to fence off the view somehow to give a better feeling of being alone in the woods. Perhaps, bamboo around the park lines?
Peg and I had our lunch at a picnic table across from the “pond.” We enjoyed the quiet and the solitude. We saw no one else in the park walking around, but we did see a large dog running around by himself. We heard his booming voice while we had our picnic. The silver-ish dog didn’t seem dangerous, but I named him Baskerville, regardless. We enjoyed the park and look forward to another picnic or two there. I would like to know what changes will be made and would like some clarification on just exactly where Paradise Pond is.