BIA hosts free lunchtime walking tours

Downtown Tacoma’s Business Improvement Area (BIA) announced today it will host five lunchtime public walking tours in October as part of its “Downtown: On the Go!” program. In early 2010, Downtown: On the Go! convened a group of stakeholders within the downtown community to create downtown focused walking maps. With goals that included incentivizing walking as a healthy lunchtime activity, encouraging awareness of walkable distances, and cultivating an appreciation of Tacoma’s rich past, present, and future, the stakeholders developed five downtown walking map routes. Branded as WALK Tacoma by a PLU Student Design Team, each route takes the pedestrian on an interpretive tour of 8 to 10 sites. Routes average 1.5 miles in length, range in difficulty, and include estimates for calories burned. To learn more about how to obtain a set or sets of maps, visit http://tacomabia.org/Services/TacomaTransportation/WalkTacomaMaps/ .

The walking schedule is as follows:

– Fri., Oct. 1, 12-1pm / Wright Park to Stadium District Walk / Come out to see the fall color of Wright Park and enjoy the history of the Stadium District. Meet up near Wright Park white lions on 6th Ave. Enjoy cider and autumn treats for this walking series kick-off event.

– Fri., Oct. 1, 12-1pm / Downtown to Hilltop Walk / Meet up in front of the historic Woolworth Building on 11th and Broadway.

– Fri., Oct. 1, 12-1pm / South Waterfront to Tacoma Dome Station Walk / Meet up in front of Union Station and return via the Link. Includes a brief tour of the public exhibition of Chihuly glass inside of Union Station.

– Fri., Oct. 1, 12-1pm / North Waterfront to Theatre District Walk / Meet at the corner of 9th and Broadway for this walk in the heart of downtown.

– Fri., Oct. 1, 12-1pm / Brewery District to South Downtown Walk / Meet in front of The Swiss for this walk of the historic brewery district.