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Metro Parks Today: May 2018

May 10, 2018

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News and Notes: May 2018

Do you have thoughts to share about the future of Titlow Park? There’s an app for that.

OK, maybe you’ve heard that one. But a public input app? That’s new for Metro Parks, and if you have a smartphone or tablet, you can try it out starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 12, during Metro Parks’ outdoor public meeting at Titlow Park.

The app is called Collector for ArcGIS. It’s free, and you can download it now through the app stores. It would be best to download it before going to the event.

The meeting will help the district update the park’s master plan, with a focus on shoreline and natural areas. Meet at the park’s sprayground, near the main parking lot at 8425 Sixth Ave. After you arrive, planners will give you an overview of the master plan process and ask you to explore the park, giving input as you go—things you love, things you’d change, and so on.

That’s where the app comes in. Collector for ArcGIS will show your location as you tour the park along with trails, paths, streams and other features. You can input detailed comments into the app and take a photo of each point you want to log. All of the input will be uploaded immediately, so you can see what other people are logging.

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If you don’t have a smartphone, that’s fine. Metro Parks typically uses surveys and face-to-face conversation to get public input, and nothing has changed for the Titlow Park project. The planners will have stations set up in the park, so you can stop by and share your thoughts. If you go to the project website, you can even get the project manager’s telephone number if you’d rather talk on the phone.

The app has been used in other places, but it has a “cool” factor for the park district. And it should help our planners considerably as they work on the park’s future. So give it a try if you can. Add the fact that this public meeting is outdoors on what should be a warm, sunny morning, and it adds up to a great day in the park. Who is invited? You. If you’re reading this, we want to hear from you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a park regular, a longtime Tacoma resident or a newcomer, or even where you live. Bring your friends and family.

By the way: Titlow Park’s sprayground and other in the district are now open weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the website for details.
 

In other warm-weather news:
 

  • Point Defiance Lodge is now on the National Register of Historic Places. You are invited to a public celebration of this landmark status at 10:30 a.m. May 27. You can meet a historical interpreter portraying Metro Parks’ first park superintendent and learn about the building’s history. The building now is Point Defiance Visitors Center, which opens Memorial Day weekend. It’s across the road from the Pagoda, just inside the park near the Pearl Street entrance at 5715 Roberts Garden Road. Click here to read more.
     
  • Point Defiance Park’s roundabout construction at the entrance continues. Check DestinationPointDefiance.org for the latest maps and tips on how to navigate the park during construction. The park and its attractions are open while the work continues.

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  • Metro Parks is working with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Get Hooked Foundation on a fun event called Fish Tacoma! The event will be held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 16 at Wapato Park, 6500 S. Sheridan Ave. The idea is to introduce young people to trout fishing. WDFW plans to bring in 2,000 to 3,000 rainbow trout, so there’s a great chance of catching. Click here to learn more and register online. There’s a special gift for the first 150 people who register.
     
  • Construction of Eastside Community Center continues. You can visit ImagineEastside.org to learn more about this exciting project or visit Portland Avenue Community Center to check out a display that shows the new center’s amenities and progress.

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Thompson profile
Michael Thompson is public information manager
of Metro Parks Tacoma.

Contact him at (253) 305-1092 or
michaelt@tacomaparks.com