TWA’s “Top 5” of 2017

Thanks to all of your involvement, the Tacoma waterfront was busy in 2017! Take a look at the Tacoma Waterfront Association’s “Top 5” activities and accomplishments for 2017.
Thanks to everyone for attending the Festival of Sail, Crab Feed and our monthly meetings.

Thanks to all of your involvement, the Tacoma waterfront was busy in 2017! Take a look at the Tacoma Waterfront Association’s “Top 5” activities and accomplishments for 2017:

1. Festival of Sail

Many TWA members helped bring back a tall ships festival – the Festival of Sail — to Tacoma and provided boating and waterfront experiences during this special event – thank you! TWA sponsored the Festival of Sail held along the Foss Waterway in June 2017. Festival goers could board and ride on the ships, enjoy food, music and hands-on activities, and meet pirates and the world’s largest rubber ducky!

2. Crab Feed

Thank you to everyone who attended TWA’s annual fundraiser held at the Foss Waterway Seaport. Approximately 300 people attended the Crab Feed and raised over $10,000 for TWA and an additional $6,500 for the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund. Photos of the Crab Feed by Jim and Stephanie Sutherlin.

3. Stanley Selden Maritime Fund

Header for Stanley Selden Maritime FundPicture of Stan SeldenStan Selden was a co-founder of TWA and very involved in the Tacoma waterfront. When Stan passed away in 2016, his family and friends looked for a way to honor his memory – thus creating the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund. The Stanley Selden Maritime Fund supports opportunities for youth to access and experience the Tacoma waterfront.

In Fall 2017, the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund awarded its first grants to seven organizations in Pierce County and the Puget Sound region. TWA is proud to support this fund and the grant recipients. Read about the Fund’s first grants here.

4. Monthly Meetings

Our popular monthly meetings are great ways to network and learn about key waterfront issues. Last year, we had a fantastic group of guest speakers who presented on boating, environmental issues, youth on the water, maritime trade, activating the public esplanade and more. Two elected officials – Rep. Jake Fey and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier – also gave updates and answered questions. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended! As a reminder, meetings are free for TWA members and guests. Guests are always welcome.

Thank you to TWA members Amber Stream and Lorraine Wilson of Cornerstone Advisors NW, LLC for holding TWA meetings in their conference room while the Tacoma Youth Marine Center was remodeled. Meetings currently are held at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center.

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5. Advocacy

Banners along the Foss Waterway.

TWA advocates for projects and issues important to our members and the Tacoma waterfront community. In 2017, we supported the Downtown to Defiance Trolley, banners along the Foss Waterway, the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s position on the 2017 National Electrical Code, plans to start a summer concert series on the Foss Waterway, and a holiday light display along the Thea Foss Waterway public esplanade.

We also met with the Tacoma Police Department and residents and businesses along the Foss Waterway to address crime and homelessness issues. Thank you to Ian Wilkinson, TWA Boardmember and General Manager of Foss Harbor Marina, for leading many of these advocacy issues.


And — new and renewing members – thank you!

You – individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies interested in Tacoma’s waterfront – are the reason we are here! Thank you to our members! We’d like to recognize new TWA members: Freedom Boat Club, Sutherlin Photography and Tacoma Design Collaborative.

We appreciate our members at the Enterprising ($1,000) and Executive ($500) Levels. Members at the Enterprising level include Foss Waterway Development AuthorityMarine Floats, Marine View Ventures, and Port of Tacoma. Members at the Executive level include Belina Interiors, Dock Street Marina and Freedom Boat Club. Thank you!

If you’d like to get more involved in Tacoma’s waterfront, join TWA! Membership starts at just $65 per year. See membership levels and benefits here or contact Patricia Peterson at


We’d like to keep you informed of events, activities and issues on Tacoma’s waterfront. Last year, we started communicating through Twitter and Instagram and ramped up our efforts on Facebook. We continued sending the e-newsletter and email updates, writing blog posts and updating the website. In a short time, over 600 people are following TWA’s Instagram page and many are interacting on social media. Thank you! Here’s a look at the  2017 Lighted Boat Parade. Photos provided by Dock Street Marina.


Hopefully, this new communications will make a difference to you! If you have a community waterfront-related event, please let us know. We can help get the word out. Please contact Thank you and best wishes for 2018!

— Liz Satterthwaite, TWA Communications.

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