Tacoma Eastside Community Center open house Nov. 18

Local residents can learn more about the proposed Eastside Community Center during a public open house this month in Tacoma.

Metro Parks Tacoma is working with Tacoma Public Schools, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Housing Authority, the Greater Metro Parks Foundation, and other community partners to develop plans for the Eastside Community Center, which will include an event space, an aquatics center, and a variety of multi-use activity spaces. The facility will be built on the campus of First Creek Middle School, located at East 56th Street and Portland Avenue. Metro Parks Tacoma and a growing group of government, private sector, and non-profit partners continue to discuss options for building, operating, and maintaining a facility that provides healthy and safe activities for youth and residents.

“We have collected lots of feedback from community partners, including a steering committee of local residents and leaders,” said Andrea Smith, a member of the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners who serves on the project’s Executive Committee. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but this is a good time to stop and give the public the opportunity to look over the work done so far, share comments, and ask questions.”

The open house will be held on Weds., Nov. 18, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Salishan Family Investment Center, located at 1724 E. 44th St., in Tacoma. ARC Architects, which has led the design team, will share visuals of the work completed so far. Metro Parks Tacoma managers also will be available to provide updates about conversations with community organizations regarding programs that might be offered at the center.

More information is available online at metroparkstacoma.org/eastside.

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