TACOMA (AP) — A new park taking shape on a former slag heap on the Tacoma waterfront could be named for science fiction author Frank Herbert, known for the “Dune” novels.
The News Tribune reports Herbert was a Tacoma native who explored Puget Sound.
His son and biographer, Brian Herbert, says the environment theme in “Dune” emerged from living in Tacoma in the 1950s when the city was polluted by the Asarco smelter.
Workers are now covering smelter slag with clean dirt at what Metro Parks Tacoma informally calls Peninsula Park.
Park Commissioner Erik Hanberg and city Landmark Commissioner Daniel Rahe have started a campaign to name the park for Herbert. Metro Parks will make the final decision.