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Walk Tacoma 2017

June 21, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Walk Tacoma 2017

Free 1 – 2 mile walks led by local leaders, historians, architects, and artists. Each walk is themed and covers a different area of downtown.

Stroll along Tacoma’s Beautiful Waterfront

Tacoma, Wash. – Extend your celebration of the Festival of Sail through Walk Tacoma Day with a summer stroll along the scenic downtown waterfront.  Downtown On the Go’s Waterfront Walk is on Wednesday, June 21 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.  The event, sponsored by Veteran & Business Service, will start at the Tacoma Dome Station at 505 E 25th and end with live music, light refreshments, and free exploration of the museum exhibits at Foss Waterway Seaport at 6:30 p.m.  Following the social, participants have the option to take a boat ride along the waterway back to the Museum of Glass, where they can ride the Link or walk the half mile back to the starting point of the walk.

The free 1.5 mile walk is led by Wesley Wenhardt of the Foss Waterway Seaport, and walkers will hear historical tidbits and modern developments of the downtown waterfront as well as learn cool facts about Foss Waterway Seaport.

A great place to explore, “the Thea Foss Waterway was once considered one of the top five polluted waterways in the nation and has transformed itself over time into a vibrant downtown destination gateway filled with marinas, residential developments, restaurants, and more,” according to Norman Gollub, the Executive Director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority.

Register for the walk online at www.downtownonthego.org/go/walking or sign-in at the event.  The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

This year, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be partnering with Downtown On the Go to provide an activity for children at all of the Walk Tacoma events to encourage families to participate.  Along the route, children will have the opportunity to hunt for “Tacoma Rocks” and complete a Waterfront Walk photo Bingo card.

Pre-register here and save time at the start of the walk.

Pictures from Walk Tacoma 2016

Series Sponsors:

Walk Sponsors:  BCRA, BIA, Commencement Bank, KPG, Metro Parks Tacoma, Pierce Transit, Rhein Haus Tacoma, Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce Co. Health Dept., Veteran & Business Service

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be offering a children’s activity at each walk to encourage families to participate.

Architectural History Walk (Walk Kick-off)
Date:            April 5
Time:           12 – 1 p.m.
Start:            Lion Sculptures at Wright Park on 6th Ave.
Walk with:    Melissa McGinnis, Metro Parks Tacoma, Katie Pratt, Artifacts                           Consulting, & Susan Johnson, Artifacts Consulting  Social:          Following the walk at the Rhein Haus

Brewery Walk
Date:            May 3
Time:           5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Start:           Top of the UWT stairs at S. 19th & Jefferson
Walk with: Andrew Reeves &  Jesse Dunagan
Social:         Following the walk at 7 Seas Brewing

Historic Hotels & Mercantile Walk
Date:            June 7
Time:           12 – 1 p.m.
Start:            Frost Park at S. 9th & Commerce
Walk with:    Deb Freedman

Waterfront Walk (Walk Tacoma Day)
Date:            June 21
Time:           5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Start:           Tacoma Dome Station at 505 E. 25th St.
Walk with:    Wesley Wenhardt, Foss Waterway Seaport
Social:          Following the walk at the Foss Waterway Seaport

Performing Art Walk
Date:            July 12
Time:            12 – 1 p.m.
Start:            Tollefson Plaza at S. 17th & Pacific Ave.
Walk with:     Amy McBride, City of Tacoma

Scavenger Hunt
Date:            Aug. 2
Time:           Check-in between 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. / Return by 7 p.m.
Start:           Tollefson Plaza at S. 17th & Pacific Ave.
Walk and take public transit through downtown to find answers to clues.  Work as a team or individually.  Bring a digital camera.  Awards following the event.

Park(ing) Day Walk
Date:            September 15
Time:           12 – 1 p.m.
Start:            Fireman’s Park at S. 9th & A St.
Walk with:    Jonah Jensen, BLRB Architects                                 

Walking Wednesdays

What are Walking Wednesdays?
Walking Wednesdays promote walking for transportation, health, and community well-being. They can be whatever you want them to be!

Who can participate?
Businesses, organizations, schools, clubs, individuals

What do I do?
The possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas. Whatever you do, feel free to download and use the Walking Wednesday logo and connect via social media (#walkingwednesday).

  • Promote and attend a Downtown On the Go Walk Tacoma event (1st Wednesday of the month April – Sept)
  • Host a walk at work at lunchtime
  • Hold a walking meeting on Wednesday
  • Identify a meeting point for a group walk to (or from) work
  • Provide an incentive for walking to work
  • Add a walking article to your employee newsletter or bulletin board


June 21, 2017
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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