Titlow Park Master Plan Kickoff - Outdoors!
May 1, 2018Tell us about features you like or don't like throughout the park with a smartphone app.
The public is invited to tour the Titlow Park waterfront and visit its natural areas during a special Metro Parks event at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12.
The event is technically a public meeting, but it’s more “open beach” than “open house.” The goal is to gather input on Metro Parks’ efforts to make parts of the 75-acre park more publicly accessible while restoring and conserving the natural landscape. The event is open to all. Everyone who has an interest in the park is invited regardless of whether they live close by.
Participants should meet at the park’s sprayground, close to the main parking lot. The public input will be largely unguided, with multiple contact points where visitors can ask questions and make comments; Metro Parks and its consultant also will introduce a new feedback tool that will help sort comments by location in the park.
Andrea Smith, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners, will kick off the event.
“As a child I spent time at what was called Hidden Beach day camp, learning about sea life at low tide and how trees contribute to our well-being and environmental sustainability,” Smith said. “I’m excited to hear how citizens want to use this park in the future.”
The park district is refining its 2010 Titlow Park master plan to reflect changes that have taken place since then. Substantial public involvement contributed to the development of the original master plan. This revision is focused exclusively on the shoreline and the forested areas north of the park’s lagoon.
In 2014, Metro Parks voters approved a $198 million bond issue. Some of the money was earmarked to upgrade Titlow Park. The specifics included improved trail access to Hidden Beach and natural area restoration. The district also is considering how to manage a now-vacant waterfront site at Titlow Park’s north end to best benefit the public. Tacoma Outboard Association, which had leased a boat ramp, dock and clubhouse at the site, departed in 2016.
In all, 46 acres of Titlow Park are undeveloped forest, dominated by alder, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees. The park is designated as bald eagle and pileated woodpecker habitat and includes several streams and wetland areas.
Family Nature Walk
People who participate in the outdoor public meeting might want to stay for a free, family-oriented nature walk hosted by the Tacoma Nature Center. The hourlong walk begins in the park at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required for the nature walk. Click here to register.
Smartphone app will help public give feedback
Participants can give feedback about areas of the park with a new smartphone app. It’s something new for Metro Parks and will definitely be pretty cool, but it is only available from 10 am to 1 pm on May 12.
As you move around the park, you’ll be able to log four types of points:
1. Things you love
2. Things that cause concern
3. Opportunities to make the park better
4. And other feedback
The free smartphone app can be downloaded before coming to the park. Just go to the app store and search for Collector for ArcGIS. At the event on May 12 you'll be provided with the login information to begin using it.
When using the app participants will see their location in the park and several datasets like trails, paths, streams, parking and access points. App users can provide detailed comments and will be able to take a photo at each place that they log. All of the input is uploaded to the web immediately, so users can see what other people have logged as they go.
People who don’t have smartphones or tablets will be able to use paper and online surveys to give feedback or can talk directly to our planning consultants at stations set up throughout the park on May 12.
Find out more about proposed Titlow Park improvements at TitlowParkVision.org.
Check the Tacoma Nature Center’s website for additional information about its series of Family Nature Walks.
Titlow Park tour
- What: An opportunity to view and comment on the future of the Titlow Park waterfront and forest
- When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12
- Where: Meet at the park’s sprayground, near the main parking lot at 8425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma WA 98465
- Cost: Free
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