Special Reports

Tournament will close Chambers Creek trails

If you’re an avid walker or bicyclist on the Chambers Creek trails, you might want to make alternate plans for late August.

Ditto if you like to let your pooch roam the off-leash area at the Central Meadow of the county recreational facility in University Place.

The popular Chambers Creek properties will be closed to the nonpaying public Aug. 20-29 for the U.S. Amateur golf championship.

The tournament is scheduled at the county-owned Chambers Bay golf course in University Place Aug. 23-29, with setup and practice a few days before play begins.

Crews started assembling fencing panels this week in preparation for the event. Before their work is complete, they’ll install some two miles of temporary fencing along the course, said Pierce County Public Development Manager Joe Scorcio.

The public trails wind around the golf course.

If you want to walk them during the tournament, you can still do so, but you’ll need a ticket. And your dog (unless it’s a service animal) won’t be allowed into the championship area at all.

Some daily walkers have said they’ll buy a $65 weeklong admission just to get onto the properties for their strolls - and maybe watch a little golf, county spokesman Hunter George said.

Once you’re inside the tournament fence, the trails will be accessible.

Sidewalks outside the course will remain open, as will the trails around the soccer fields, Scorcio said.

The parking lots and playfields at the Environmental Services Building will have limited access from Aug. 21-29.

Kris Sherman: 253-597-8659