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Imagine a place where youth and families can safely gather to play, learn and grow. #ImagineEastside

That’s the vision of the new Eastside community center, a public-private partnership that will build out a school campus to bring a swimming pool, a gym, after-school activities, cooking classes, a playground, nature hikes and more to residents of the neighborhood and beyond.

Working together, our partner organizations can more efficiently serve a multi-generational, multi-cultural community that sorely lacks resources other areas sometimes take for granted.

By pooling our resources, we can:

  • Give kids a safe place to grow, which was a vision of Billy Ray Shirley III, a youth leader whose life was cut short before he could pursue his dream of building a community center.
  • Provide a welcome place for adults to improve their physical fitness and learn new life and business skills.
  • Build an aquatics center that draws people into this neighborhood that has so much potential.

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Eastside Community Center
1721 E 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98404