The Tacoma Weekly has an article that's near and dear to my heart concerning the "daylighting" of a creek currently confined to pipes. Recently approved funding will help make the project a reality this fall. This project means a lot to me because, upon studying local springs for my senior college capstone, I found many were stuffed into pipes and covered by parking lots. There's one where the current Lakewood Mall stands and the one that feeds the creek at Titlow Park.
Frequently in this area you'll find springs of different sizes trickling out from the steep hillsides along the shores of the Puget Sound. The short-lived stream flowing from Puget Gardens Park near our house gushes from the base of the hillside and has enough water to merit small log bridges to cross it in the park. Within a half mile it flows into Commencement Bay. It's a stunning site to see clear, cool water flow straight from the earth so it's a shame to cover such a thing up.
I doubt Crystal Spring creek near Titlow will actually reveal the water's source but just allowing us to enjoy the stream will be enough to make me smile.
Update (2006-07-22 @ 10:01am)
I went back through my capstone files and think I found the approximate location of the spring that feeds the creek in question. You can see pretty well in this map that just below 12th St. there's a tree-lined path leading towards Titlow Park. Somewhere between there and Sunset Drive should be the source of this little waterway. It may not be but I would bet there's a pretty good chance it is. Cool, huh? I know -- I'm a geo-nerd.
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