A new 11-acre park in Tacoma WA has been named the “Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park” by the Metro Parks Tacoma board of commissioners in honor of Frank Herbert and his classic novel Dune. The park is being built on a former ASARCO Superfund slag heap. Metro Parks commissioner Erik Hanberg says:
Frank Herbert won the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Geographic features on Saturn’s moon Titan are named after words coined by him. And yet, not many people know he’s a native of Tacoma. His experiences in Tacoma shaped his appreciation for the delicate balance of nature, so it feels right to attach his name to a park that reclaims toxic land.
The park is scheduled to open in late 2018.
For more information, see The News Tribune article.
[via SF Site]