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October 20

Green Tacoma Day

Saturday, October 20 (10:00am)

5th Annual Green Tacoma Day

Three celebrations, adventure, games, and opportunities to help restore nature...all rolled into one fun-filled day!

For the first time ever, Green Tacoma Day will wrap Tacoma’s Arbor Day celebration and Metro Parks’ Fall Tree Festival with the celebration of Tacoma’s open and natural greenspaces.

And,  a special once-in-a-lifetime celebration will commemorate the centennial of the Gift of Trees - honoring the gift of 3,000 iconic cherry trees given to the US by the people of Japan that have graced our nation's capital for 100 years.

Be part of a special day in Point Defiance Park's history as the Honorable Consul General of Japan presents the citizens of Tacoma with a gift of flowering cherry trees to be planted in the Japanese garden surrounding the Pagoda Point Defiance Park.

Green Tacoma Day just keeps getting bigger and better with activities for all ages and abilities at many sites around town. Hub sites include Point Defiance, Swan Creek, Wapato Hills, Julia’s Gulch.
Activities at Point Defiance include:

  • Kid’s tree climbing
  • Art activities including Poet-tree (featured at last year’s Arbor Day event downtown)
  • Tree tai chi
  • Coupons for discounts on trees at local nurseries and TAGRO coupons
  • Ask an Arborist booth
  • Commemorative planting of cherry trees
  • Presentation of Tacoma’s 19th Tree City USA award and Tacoma Power’s 9th Tree Line USA award by the Commissioner of Public Lands to Mayor Strickland
Other sites include a mix of restoration projects and/or activities for families and individuals:
  • Puget Creek, Garfiled Gulch, Titlow Park, Franklin Park, Tacoma Nature Center, Oak Tree Park, McKinley Park, Tacoma Community College Campus, Pacific Lutheran University campus, First Creek, Gog le hi te wetland
More about the Green Tacoma Partnership

The Green Tacoma Partnership is a public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Forterra, citizens, educational organizations, neighborhood groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and businesses all working together to sustain a viable healthy network of natural green spaces throughout Tacoma.

The Partnership aims to restore and maintain 1,881 acres of Tacoma's green space over the next 20 years. A community of engaged and educated volunteers is the backbone of a strong, healthy, and beautiful Tacoma.

By working with local park restoration groups, the Partnership supports hands-on restoration of local green spaces. Restoration work parties take place continually throughout the year; this work is integral to the restoration of Tacoma's green spaces.

Volunteer for Green Tacoma Day:

Richard Madison (Metro Parks Tacoma)
(253) 202-5978

Green Tacoma Locations:

GTD site-locations 2012
GTD sponsors 2012


Point Defiance Park
10am - 3pm
This year the Tree Festival will be held at Point Defiance in conjunction with Green Tacoma Day! Kids can climb a tree, create leaf art projects, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in other activities. Staff arborists will be on hand to answer tree care questions.

No need to sign up...just show up and have fun! Learn More about the Fall Tree Festival

Point Defiance Park
A donation of flowering cherries from the Japanese Consulate to Metro Parks Tacoma and City of Tacoma will begin at 10:30 am at the Point Defiance Pagoda. Join us as we receive the trees in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Japanese gift of the flowering cherries lining the Tidal Basin in Washington DC.