Park Board

Park Board

A five member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.

  • Elected by citizens of the City of Tacoma and areas of Browns Point & Dash Point
  • Serve 6-year staggered terms
  • President & Clerk elected in January

Committee of the Whole

Capital Improvement Committee

Capital Improvement Committee Meeting Schedule

Capital Improvement Committee Meetings (CIC)

Work Session / No Public Comment
CIC meetings are held the Wednesday after a Board Meeting.
5:00 pm
(And other days as needed)
Headquarters Main Conference Room, 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma
Upcoming Meetings

Capital Improvement Committee Agendas & Minutes

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

Meet the Park Board

Aaron Pointer, President

 Park Board Aaron PointerAaron Pointer, President
apointer@tacomaparks.com
(253) 761-0490

Term Expires: December 31, 2019

  • Capital Improvement Committee
  • Foundation for Tacoma Schools Board
  • Pierce County Baseball Committee
  • Zoo Liaison Committee
  • Interlocal Policy Committee

Many in the community came to know Aaron during his 30-year career as the Pierce County Parks’ Athletics Supervisor. But, it was professional baseball that brought the Oakland native to Tacoma. He began his pro baseball career in the 1960s with the Houston Colt .45’s organization, who later became the Astros. During a season with a minor league affiliate in North Carolina, Aaron joined an elite group of professional baseball players by earning a .402 batting average in a single season. When he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1968 his connection to our community began. He played two seasons for their farm club, the Tacoma Cubs, before signing with the Nishitetsu Lions in Fukuoka, Japan. Three years later, he hung up his baseball cleats and moved with his family to Tacoma, their home since 1972.

But, that wasn’t the end of Aaron’s connection to big-time sports. After retiring from baseball, he began officiating youth sports. It was only a couple of years before he began officiating college football games for the Pacific-10 Conference, and the pros followed quickly thereafter. Aaron enjoyed a 17-year career as an NFL referee.

While serving duties as President of the Park Board in 2012, Aaron surprised and delighted the Japanese Consulate General when he addressed him in his native language while accepting a gift of flowering cherry blossom trees for Point Defiance Park. He became fluent in the language while playing in Fukuoka.

Aaron attended the University of San Francisco, Laney College in Oakland, California and Pacific Lutheran University where he studied Sociology.

Tim Reid, Clerk

Park Board Tim ReidTim Reid, Clerk
treid@tacomaparks.com
(253) 565-7854

Term expires: December 31, 2019

Tim Reid has strong local ties to both Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma. Born and raised in Tacoma, Reid attended the University of Puget Sound. He also raised two daughters and is now a proud grandfather. Tim spent a large part of his professional career as a third-party administrator, but his leadership and community achievements are varied. In addition to being a graduate of the Tacoma-Pierce County Leadership program, Tim has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and chaired the Chamber’s Utilities Task Force. He’s also chaired the Tacoma Public Utility Board.

A long-standing member of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners, Tim has served the district in a number of capacities, including past Board president, and sat on the district’s Capital Projects Committee and the Fort Nisqually Advisory Council. His priorities for the district include safe parks for families, fiscal responsibility, good stewardship and responsiveness to the public.

Andrea Smith

Park Board Andrea SmithAndrea Smith
asmith@tacomaparks.com
(253) 305-1091

Term Expires: December 31, 2023

  • Greater Metro Parks Foundation
  • Interlocal Policy Committee

A lifelong Tacoma resident, Andrea is married and has two grown children and two granddaughters.

She was recognized in 2010 for her longstanding history of community service, as the Tacoma City Council presented her with the City of Destiny Award for Leadership.

Andrea’s involvement with parks and recreation began with her dozen years of service as a board member with the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. She volunteers annually with the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees to raise funds for hospital programs. She currently serves on the board of Sound Outreach as Treasurer and is Metro Park’s liaison for the the Greater Metro Parks Foundation.

As an Assistant Vice President and Credit Analyst for Wells Fargo Bank in the Business Banking Division, Andrea brings financial expertise to her role on the Park Board. She has worked in banking for more than 25 years, providing her with a broad base of financial experience. Andrea began her career as a teller for Old National Bank and has also worked for U.S. Bank and Key Bank.

Erik Hanberg

Park Board Erik HanbergErik Hanberg
ehanberg@tacomaparks.com
(253) 305-1091

Term expires: December 31, 2023

  • Capital Improvement Committee
  • Zoo Liaison Committee

Erik Hanberg is a co-owner of Side x Side Creative, a marketing and design company that specializes in nonprofits that he runs along with his wife, Mary Holste. He is also the author of more than ten books, including three books written for small nonprofits and several novels.

In 2005, he visited every single Metro Parks facility.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Hanberg is a graduate of Bellarmine Prep and earned his BA in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He and his wife have two children and can regularly be found playing with them at one of Tacoma’s great parks.

Jessie K. Baines Jr.

Park Board Jessie BainesJessie K. Baines Jr.
jbaines@tacomaparks.com
(253) 305-1091

Term expires: December 31, 2021

Jessie K. Baines Jr. was elected in November 2015. He grew up in a large family and has strong community ties. In the 1950s, his grandmother helped found the Tacoma Colored Women’s Club. Metro Parks played a key role in both his family life and his personal development. “After 30 years of participating in various youth programs as a player, volunteer and coach, it’s time for me to serve our great parks system through leadership and service,” he said.

Baines earned associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at Tacoma Community College and Washington State University, respectively, and is working on a master’s in public administration at Seattle University. He is a board member of the Seattle-based Economic Opportunity Institute and has worked as a career navigator for Port Jobs; as an intervention specialist for the Northwest Leadership Foundation; and as athletic director of the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Topping Hope Center.

Contact Us

Questions, Comments:

Jennifer Bowman
jenniferb@tacomaparks.com
(253) 305-1091

To get an e-mail notice of special Board meetings please email jenniferb@tacomaparks.com with Special Meetings in the subject line.

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