Imagine a place where youth and families can safely gather to play, learn and grow.   

That’s the vision of the new Eastside community center, a public-private partnership that will build out a school campus to bring a swimming pool, a gym, after-school activities, cooking classes, a playground, nature hikes and more to residents of the neighborhood and beyond.

Working together, we can more than double the number of kids served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (BGCSPS) at a new Eastside Community & Aquatics Center.

Attractive, Effective Programs for Youth
You can help more kids become their best selves to win at the game of life. Your gift will:

  • Expand after school programs that build leadership skills and academic success.
  • Expand summer programming that gives kids the boost they need achieve their goals and stay on the right track.
  • Shape the future—by helping sustain great programs for generations to come.

Collaboration Just Makes Sense

  • Each organization is doing what it does best in a collaboration that saves money and will be more sustainable.
  • A multi-purpose facility will serve the entire diverse community.
  • From the Ground Up strategy ensures youth voices are heard and implemented, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility.

Creating Access for All

  • At a central location at the corner of Portland Avenue and East 56th Street.
  • Expanded access to sports and fitness activities for Eastside families.
  • Double the access to after-school and summer development programming for Eastside youth.

Goal for Success

  • Metro Parks Tacoma will operate the center, while GMPF and BGCSPS partner for a $11.5 million campaign to raise private funds.
  • Of that, $3 million will further the center’s construction, while $7 million will create an Eastside Youth Development program endowment to enable BGCSPS to serve more Eastside youth.

The Names Family Foundation already has stepped forward with a $3 million commitment. Other major funders include the Bamford Family Foundation and the Sequoia Foundation.

A Long-Awaited Place to Gather, Play and Learn

  • Your contribution will help us create a safe space for families and youth to thrive.
  • Your gift will provide important programming, creative spaces and vital recreational facilities.
  • It’s this community’s time to shine—they haven’t been forgotten.

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