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Jun 05

Chambers Creek Regional Park Shows How a Park Can Change a Region

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:38 AM by Ryan Dicks

We all have parks in our childhood that changed our lives in some meaningful way.  Maybe it was a baseball field, soccer field or a natural park like Mt. Rainier or Point Defiance.  Parks are where we go with our families to get away from our daily lives.  For my family Chambers Bay has become that park that meets so many different needs all within a short drive of Tacoma. My kids learned to ride their bikes, play golf and they learned that Puget Sound is really cold, all at Chambers Creek Regional Park.  


Walking The Trail

Chambers Bay has become the place to walk in the South Sound with it's majestic views and 3.25 mile loop trail.  It is not a flat walk but that does not stop thousands of folks from making the trip every day rain or shine to get their workout.  

The Bridge To The Beach

By building the bridge over the railroad tracks Pierce County opened up over 2 miles of public access to this beautiful part of Puget Sound. Access to this part of Puget Sound was not available for the last 100 years to the public.  On a nice day you will see hundreds of people enjoying the rocky beach and the cold salt water of Puget Sound.


The World Is Watching Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay is so beautiful it is easy to see why the USGA fell in love with it immediately.  We can expect over 235,000 people will pass through the park leaving over $140 million dollars in our region. The  U.S. Open will highlight the South Sound in a very positive way that frankly has never happened on this scale before. Because golf is tied so closely to the Fortune 500 companies that control so much of the economic growth in this country, this venue will change how the South Sound is viewed around the world.   

In the future when I wear my Chambers Bay hat in airports or in other cities people will know where that golf course is.  I will know that Chambers Bay is much more than a golf course, in fact it is where my kids learned to do so many formative things.

Ten Tips To Talk Like An Expert About the U.S. Open

1) This is the first U.S. Open to be played on Fine Fescue grass (needs less water and fertilizer).
2) There is only 1 tree on the golf course known as the "Lone Fir."
3) Ryan Moore from Puyallup is in the U.S. Open field and many other local pros are trying to qualify to make the tournament.    
4) The course is a 7 mile walk with three major elevation gains.
5) The course opened in 2007 and hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2010.
6) The gravel mine was purchased by Executive Sutherland, developed by Executive Ladenburg and Executive McCarthy has overseen U.S. Open preparation.
7) The course is more like a traditional British Open links golf course than a traditional U.S. Open.
8) The bunker on the 18th hole known as Chambers Basement is about 12 feet deep.
9) The best place to watch will be the bleachers on holes 15-17 because of the proximity to Puget Sound.
10) Chambers Bay has lots of sustainable features to limit water use and fertilizer use.

The Sustainable Features of Chambers Bay