Tacoma Names Park for Herbert’s Dune

Tacoma, Washington has named an 11 acre park the “Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park” in honor of Tacoma-born science fiction author Frank Herbert. Herbert’s most well known novel in Dune, which focused on environmental issues. Despite Dune taking place mostly on a desert planet without water, the namesake park is surrounded by water on three sides. Tacoma has been trying to name the park for Herbert’s work since at least 2013.
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Tacoma May Name Park for Herbert

Tacoma (WA) Park Commissioner Erik Hanberg and Landmark Commissioner Daniel Rahe have started a campaign to name a new park being built in Tacoma for science fiction author Frank Herbert. The park is being built on a plot of land where fresh dirt is being laid to cover smelter slag. Herbert lived in Tacoma in the 1950s and the ecological damage done by the Asarco Smelter informed his ecological themes in Dune.

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