Future plans for Chambers Creek properties

Golf isn’t the only thing happening at Pierce County’s 932-acre Chambers Creek Properties in University Place. Here’s a look at some future amenities at the site:

Beach access: On July 29 the county will break ground on a pedestrian overpass over the BNSF Railway tracks. The bridge – expected to open by early 2010 – will provide access to two miles of Puget Sound beach.

Meadows: On Aug. 9 the Chambers Creek Foundation will host a gala fundraiser to mark the opening of the park’s Central Meadow and North Meadow. The event will feature a performance by folk singer Judy Collins and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be held on the Central Meadow. Tickets are $44 to $85. Call 253-591-5894 for event details.

The meadows will open to the public Aug. 10. The Central Meadow covers about 23 acres of open space, including 11 acres of lawn. The North Meadow covers about 6 acres, including 3 acres of lawn.

Environmental Education Center: The Aug. 9 fundraiser will benefit a planned environmental education center at the site. A timetable for development and the exact nature of the center haven’t been determined.

Off-leash dog park: A temporary off-leash dog park will open when the pedestrian overpass opens in 2010. Plans for a permanent dog park are in the works.

Restaurants: Chambers Bay Golf Course’s temporary clubhouse already features a restaurant. The course plans to build a permanent clubhouse, complete with one or more restaurants, plus on-site lodging. Tentative completion: 2010.