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Because Parks Matter - Feb. 28, 2018

You're invited to support the Greater Metro Park Foundation's mission to build a healthier, more vibrant community by investing in people and parks.

Because Parks Matter Luncheon
Hotel Murano, Bicentennial Pavilion, Tacoma
Feburary 28th, 2018

11:30 am to 1 pm

Tickets $25  

2018 Event Registration 



Tacoma artists Chris Jordan and Kenji Stoll will lead art visioning process for Eastside Community Center

Local artists tapped for effort to involve young residents in the creative process


Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Hamai Stoll, who have a history of engaging local youth through art, have been selected to create a community-inspired art strategy for the new Eastside Community Center.

The resulting art plan will include concepts and locations to integrate art into the community center’s design as well as for display. Over the next several months, Jordan and Stoll will implement activities that engage young people in the art planning process, building on their own work as local teaching artists as well as efforts over the past year by the nonprofit Greater Metro Parks Foundation to have local youth help design aspects of the building.

“These two energetic young artists are a great addition to the Eastside Community Center effort,” said Jessie K. Baines Jr., one of five members of the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners. “Their proven ability to connect and inspire others is sure to contribute to the center’s success.”

Jordan and Stoll have been working as an artist team since 2009 when they collaborated on a mural informed by a community process focused on youth violence. Since then, they have gone on to create work for the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy conference, Intel Corporation, the City of Tacoma, and Sound Transit, among others. They are currently working with the Tacoma Housing Authority to create site-responsive artworks at Bay Terrace and to lead community engagement strategies that inform the Hilltop housing planning team. In addition, they have been connecting with young people and giving them voice through art for years as teachers and now co-directors of Fab-5, a youth arts training program and its community art center FABITAT.

“Chris and Kenji are uniquely suited for this project because they bring excellence in the three areas of specialty required for this project. They are strong artists, they enable successful and fun community engagement strategies, and they know how to engage youth in a meaningful way,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride, whose office is under contract to manage the public art component of Metro Parks’ construction projects.

The new center is scheduled to open in 2018 on the campus of First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St. Metro Parks is spearheading its development with the support of multiple community partners, including Tacoma Public Schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Housing Authority and the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. For more information, visit


Reminder to Link Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card

Make sure to link your Rewards Card with Greater Metro Parks Foundation on Fred Meyer Community Rewards!

After Fred Meyer's June 2016 customer re-enrollment period customers who did not re-link their card were dropped from the system.

Follow these steps to begin the program or re-link your card:

  • Sign up for or login to the Community Rewards program at
  • Look for the link to "re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now."
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Greater Metro Parks Foundation earn a donation.
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit


Support parks while you shop

Support great parks in Tacoma while you shop! Give to the Greater Metro Parks Foundation while shopping online, or in person. By using AmazonSmile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can give back to your community while doing what you do every day.

The AmazonSmile program allows you to support GMPF every time you shop using, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. To set up AmazonSmile, go to, and choose the Greater Metro Parks Foundation in “Settings”.

At Fred Meyer, use your Rewards Card every time you shop, and you will help GMPF earn a donation through the Community Rewards program. All you need to do is link your Rewards Card to our nonprofit. Log on to your online account at Once logged in, search for “Greater Metro Parks Foundation” and select it. After that, each time you shop will earn a donation for GMPF.

Thank you for you for your contributions and partnering with GMPF to build a healthier, more vibrant community by investing in people and parks.




“A place to be me”: Eastside Community Center Open House Event

Above: one attendee presents her message about why she supports the Eastside Community Center. 

Members of the Tacoma community gathered on May 18th, 2016 to explore the latest schematic designs for the up and coming Eastside Community Center. The open house event was attended by approximately 80 people, which was a great turnout for such an important community event.

Below: Students presented information to attendees, showing their care and dedication to the project.

In the spirit of fun, Metro Parks provided props for attendees to take selfies. Some of these props included various musical instruments and even some snorkeling gear!

Check out these fun photos below.

We encourage all Tacoma community members to take a selfie with your favorite props and post it to your own social media, using the hashtag #ImagineEastside.

Stay updated with new information about the Eastside Community Center by visiting

Please donate to the Imagine Eastside Campaign at