Walk Tacoma Architecture Walk

June is Walk Tacoma Month, and Downtown On the Go will be celebrating it by holding two walk events on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  The Architecture Walk will be on June 5, and the Museum Walk and social at the Foss Waterway Seaport will be on June 19.

Leading off the month, former Tacoma City Council member and architect, David Boe, will take everyone on an architecture tour of downtown.  The 1 mile walk will highlight historic buildings along A St., Pacific Ave, Commerce St., and Broadway, including the Elks Temple where the new McMenamin’s hotel is located.  Participants will also learn about the design of our downtown, and some of the changes it has seen through the years.

Due to the popularity of the event, Downtown On the Go will be offering two times for the Architecture Walk: an 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. walk, and a 1 – 2 p.m. walk.  Both walks, sponsored by Commencement Bank, will start at 1201 Pacific Plaza.

Register for the walk online or sign-in at the event.  The event is free, all ages are welcome, and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest, is a six-event walking series held on the first Wednesday of the month, from April through August.  All walks in the series include activities for children provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

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Bike to Work Day is May 17, 2019!

Stretch your legs and dust off your helmet because May 17, 2019 is Bike to Work Day! Bike along Fawcett to Honey at Alma Mater, where we will be serving up hot coffee ~free~ for those who bike. Meet us there anytime from 7 – 10 a.m.

Enjoy snacks, games, and music at the commuter celebration. Whether you bike to work every day or just on Friday, May 17th – there is something for you!

We will be sharing our bike advocacy goals and all the ways you can get involved in local projects.

Contact Hally at hallyb@downtownonthego.org for more information!

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Meet the Staff: Amber

Name:  Amber Stanley
Occupation: Program Manager
Employer: Downtown: On the Go!
Gets around by: Walking, Sounder Train, Link Light Rail

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in downtown Puyallup and work in downtown Tacoma.

How do you get there?
I drive less than two miles to the Puyallup Fair Red Lot, where I park for free. Then I walk to the Puyallup Sounder Station where I catch the train to the Tacoma Dome. From the Tacoma Dome, I ride the Link to the Commerce Street stop, which is a short walk away from my work. 

How does it all add up? How much money or time do you save?
If I were to drive, it would cost me about $16 per day to park in the garage closest to my work, totaling $320 per month. I would also spend money on gas. In total, I save close to $400 per month by leaving my car behind.

What’s in it for you?
Even though walking and using public transportation adds 15 minutes to my overall commute time, it is worth it! Leaving my car behind means my morning commute isn’t filled with the stress that comes from sitting in traffic and finding parking. It allows me to start the day with a short walk, relax on the train, saves me money, and benefits the environment.

Do you have any tips for people who may be trying these modes for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to give public transit, walking or biking a try! It may seem intimidating at first, but with a little pre-trip planning, it is much more relaxing than driving.

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Tap Into Tacoma’s Brewery District

Learn about Tacoma’s historic Brewery District, visit one of the local breweries, and find out why Tacoma has been a draw for brewers on Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma Brewery Walk, Wednesday, May 1 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.  The event, sponsored by KPG, will start at S. 19th & Jefferson at the top of the UWT stairs and end with a social at 7 Seas Brewing.

The 1.2 mile walk, led by Andrew Reeves and Jesse Dunagan, will highlight the past, present, and future of Tacoma’s breweries and district.  Participants will learn about the brewing culture in Tacoma as well as the history of the Brewery and Warehouse Districts.

Tacoma has a rich brewery history and in recent years has seen a resurgence, with ten breweries now located in downtown Tacoma.  Exciting, new developments are being built in Tacoma’s Brewery District including: Brewery Blocks between C St. and Commerce on S. 21st, and Tacoma’s Town Center between S. 21st and S. 23rd and Jefferson.

Register for the walk online or sign-in at the event.  The event is free, all ages are welcome, and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest, is a six-event walking series held on the first Wednesday of the month, from April through August.  All walks in the series include activities for children provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma series visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Meet the Staff: Laura

Name: Laura Svancarek
Occupation: CTR Coordinator
Employer: Downtown On the Go
Gets around by: Bus or Walk

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live on Sheridan near 15th, and work downtown on S. 11th and Pacific.

How do you get there?
I take the 57 bus down the hill to Commerce, and the 28 bus back up the hill to Cushman. It is a 5-minute walk to get to and from the bus stops to my apartment.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
My ORCA Card is provided through my work, so taking the bus is a good way to cut down costs. Not only do I not pay for gas, but I don’t have to pay for parking. It saves me a couple of dollars every time I work downtown, which quickly adds up! The bus routes I take are very efficient, so it takes about 10 minutes longer to take the bus as it would to drive downtown and find a parking spot.

What’s in it for you?
I’ve always loved taking the bus. It forces me to wake up on time and get out the door when I need to, and walking 5 minutes to the stop helps to get my brain working in the mornings.

Most importantly, I absolutely hate trying to park downtown. Finding a spot near where I’m going, parallel parking while people watch, cars waiting for me to get out of their way… it’s so stressful! By taking the bus, I get a few extra minutes to relax with my phone instead of worrying about parking.

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Look at your options. If the times don’t work, or if you don’t want to walk across a busy street (I’ll take an earlier ride over crossing 19thanytime!), there might be other route options nearby. Have your fare ready to go in your pocket. When I’m taking a new route for the first time, I’ll usually have maps open on my phone so I can track how close I am to my stop.

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Celebrate 10 Years of Walk Tacoma

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore downtown Tacoma on
foot through Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma series. This year the series will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with favorite walk events from the past nine years,
including the Walk Tacoma Kick-Off in Wright Park.

The kick-off on National Walking Day (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) from 12 -1 p.m. is in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The 1.5-mile walk will be led by historians Melissa McGinnis and Former Mayor Bill Baarsma, highlighting two of Tacoma’s gems: Wright Park and Stadium High School. The free walk, sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma, will start and end at the lion sculptures at the south end of Wright Park. Registration and check-in will be open from 11:30a.m. – 12 p.m.

Participants can save time by registering online for the entire series at www.downtownonthego.org. The first 100 people to register online and check-in at the kick-off will receive a Walk Tacoma 10-year anniversary t-shirt, and the first 300 participants to check-in or register will receive a swag bag.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest, is a six-event walking series held on the first Wednesday of the month, from April through August.  All walks in the series include activities for children provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and, new the year, American Sign Language interpretation.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma series visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Good Design & Public Space

Join us on March 22, from noon – 1 p.m. at the Pantages Theater, as we investigate how beautiful public space betters a city, how art makes you feel safer on the sidewalk, and what murals mean for livability. Tanisha Jumper, Director of Media & Communications at the City of Tacoma, will moderate a discussion with experts about the best and worst uses of public space in Tacoma and how we can reorientate our community around these shared resources. Hear from:

In the 9th year of the Friday Forum Series, Downtown On the Go is taking you back to class. Review the fundamental elements of transportation and explore the connections between how our cities are built and your favorite subjects in school. Each forum includes a lesson related to Tacoma’s past, present, and future. Forums are free and open to the public and this forum is part of a three-part series and other topics that include:

  • History: Institutionalized Racism and Urban Planning
  • Math: Traffic Equations and the Value of Moving People

This forum will be accompanied by a Tacoma Roots event. Tacoma Roots is an anti-racist environmental justice community forum for learning and discussion. Their leadership influences policy and community movements. We are excited to be partnering with them in 2019. For those who cannot attend, join the conversation on Mar 22, on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego.

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Ride the Bus with Rhubarb!

March 16, 2019
Noon – 2 p.m.
Ride from 10th & Commerce to Cheney Stadium

There are many exciting things coming to Cheney Stadium this year and the best way to get there is on the Pierce Transit Rte 2.

The Rte 2 goes from Lakewood to Tacoma Community College and runs frequently until 10 p.m. Take your favorite route downtown and easily hop on this bus that takes you right to the game.

The Rainiers’ opening day is April 9th, but before that you can cheer on the Tacoma Defiance! And with the Reign FC coming to Tacoma, Rhubarb and Casey Catherwood, creative director with the Tacoma Rainiers, will have lots to share on this ride.

Please RSVP as space is limited. 

Email hallyb@downtownonthego.org with any questions.

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Barley & Berries Bash 2019

Experience an evening out on the water at the Foss Waterway Seaport and join Downtown On the Go for our annual Barley & Berries Bash fundraising event on Thursday, August 22, 2019! While you’re here, enjoy tastings from local wineries and breweries along with delicious food, a silent auction, dessert dash, live music from Kim Archer, and an opportunity to make a donation.

The VIP Party aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain is back by popular demand. And this year we’re adding the Lady Washington and we’re setting sail!

General Admission Bash Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
VIP Bash Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Purchase your tickets here.

Still not sure? See photos from 2018!

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Traffic Equations and the Value of Moving People

Join us on Feb 22, from noon – 1 p.m. at the Pantages Theater as we breakdown the numbers on how we move people throughout Tacoma. We’ll be investigating the gaps in our transportation system and what pathways can lead to a more connected and equitable network. Tanisha Jumper, Director of Media & Communications at the City of Tacoma, will moderate a discussion with experts about who pays for these improvements and discuss how we prioritize where these improvements are realized. In the 9th year of the Friday Forum Series, Downtown On the Go is taking you back to class. Review the fundamental elements of transportation and explore the connections between how our cities are built and your favorite subjects in school. Each forum includes a lesson related to Tacoma’s past, present, and future. Forums are free and open to the public and this forum is part a three-part series and other topics that include:

  • History: Institutionalized Racism and Urban Planning
  • Art: Good Design and Public Space (Mar 29)

This forum will be accompanied by a Tacoma Roots event. Tacoma Roots is an anti-racist environmental justice community forum for learning and discussion. Their leadership influences policy and community movements. We are excited to be partnering with them in 2019. For those who cannot attend, join the conversation on Feb 22, on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego.

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