Ribbon-cutting for new Tacoma trail May 12

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will honor the late trail advocate Scott Pierson with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 12 to mark a new 5-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail near State Route 16.

Pierson, an urban planner for the City of Tacoma for 23 years, died in 2001. “It was a passion for him,” said Pierson’s widow, Bev. Pierson envisioned and fought for a trail system that would allow people to walk or ride their bikes throughout Tacoma. “He lived and breathed working for the community. Pierson, who biked to work and everywhere else, deserves the recognition he’s getting with the naming of the trail.

“There’s no question that trail wouldn’t exist if not for him,” she added. “But he wouldn’t believe people would honor him this way.”

On Sat., May 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Group Health and the City of Tacoma will host a bike ride from War Memorial Park to Cheney Stadium to honor Pierson. At 10:00 a.m., officials and members of Pierson’s family will cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the trail.

For more information, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/PierceCountyHOV/sr16_olympic_union/ .