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2016 Award Winners

A special thanks to our award recipients for all they do to make our parks a welcoming place for our community.


Outstanding Program: Groovin' with Marcus

Groovin’ with Marcus is a popular social program within Specialized Recreation at Metro Parks Tacoma.  This weekly dance program teaches hip hop and line dances in a supportive program for people with disabilities. Using the universal language of music to exercise, socialize, and goove! Whether they are goovin’ with the group or groovin’ to their own beat all are welcome.  Marcus and Peggy provide a  fun way to develop better balance and a boost of self-confidence.


Outstanding Project: SERA Artificial Turf Field

The first all-season turf field for Metro Parks Tacoma, SERA Field is a regulation, 81,000 square foot, multi-sport artificial turf field at the South End Recreation and Adventure (SERA) Campus in South Tacoma. The SERA field will be a public asset, ready to accommodate both current players, and will encourage new players, many of whom come from neighboring homes without the financial capacity to travel for sports.

Nearly 4,000 public school children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds surround SERA. The multi-sport turf field is addressing issues of opportunity by creating access to sports, fitness, and play. This field will be ADA accessible, marked and lined for soccer, lacrosse, and football, and will be fully lit with LED lights.


Outstanding Community Group: Liz Rocks Campaign

The Liz Rocks Campaign honors Tacoma native Liz Daley, an outstanding and adventurous athlete who climbed mountains around the world and shared her love of outdoor sports with everyone around her. After her death in an avalanche in Argentina in 2014 Liz’s family and friends formed the Liz Rocks Campaign in 2015 to create a state-of-the-art, industry-leading climbing facility best suited for outdoor public use. 

They have raised an impressive $75,000 for a rock climbing facility to be located in one of the Metro Parks properties. The end result will give the Tacoma and South Sound communities another outdoor activity that can be enjoyed with friends and family for years to come.