#ImagineEastsideThese partners are breaking from the traditional model of building separate facilities to serve community needs. Instead, they are bringing their resources and expertise together to build the community center.
For example, our partnership with Tacoma Public Schools enables us to build the center on the campus of First Creek Middle School, located at Portland Avenue and South 56th Street. And the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound can more than double the number of youth they serve on the Eastside thanks to an innovative partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma.
Other ideas include bringing in a medical partner, and working with several organizations to address the neighborhood's "food desert" problem, including the possibility of using the center’s commercial-grade kitchen to serve as a small business incubator.
All of this is being closely monitored by a highly engaged steering committee of interested residents.