A winning combination of exercise and knowledge is available for anybody during the 2022 Walk Tacoma series which kicked off in April. Tacomans can learn more about their hometown and its vibrant downtown in this series of walks. More than 70 people wound their way through downtown during the first walk on April 6.
The next walk is scheduled for May 4 at noon. Dubbed the “Tree Walk,” it will start in People’s Park and will be led by Lowell Wyse, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation.
Stroll through the historic Hilltop and learn about its variety of tree species on the 1.5-mile walk. According to Emily J. Nakada-Alm, events coordinator for Downtown on the Go, “The walk will highlight unique and notable trees in the neighborhood that folks may not be aware of otherwise. They’ll also touch on the history of trees and greenery in the Hilltop Community, and the value of a connected, full neighborhood-based green environment.”
Downtown on the Go, a program offering resources to downtown businesses, residents and commuters so they can get around without a car, organizes the informative walks. “The fun, themed walks, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through expert-guided tours,” said Nakada-Alm. Visit downtownonthego.org for more information and to register for the walking tours.
The next walk features the historic buildings and architecture of the downtown breweries, and maybe a little beer afterward. The Brewery District Architecture Walk starts at 6 pm June 1 on the UWT stairs at Prairie Line Trail crossing. On the leisurely, 1.3-mile stroll, City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Coordinator Susan Johnson will point out the unique details and history of this growing area of downtown. A social will follow the walk, location to be determined.
Then on July 6, the Tacoma Youth Symphony will join in a Theater District Walk which starts at 11th and Broadway. You can find more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you are unable to take part in any of the walking tours, they will be recorded and available on the free GeoTourist website and app at geotourist.com. Learn more about the Tacoma Tree Foundation at tacomatreefoundation.org.
Story by Maribeth Messina: [email protected]