Celebrate the grand opening of Eastside Community Center


We imagined it. Now let’s celebrate it! The Eastside Community Center is opening and Metro Parks Tacoma is throwing a giant party on Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at 10 a.m. The Eastside Families Parade will be followed at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and opening ceremony.

Keynote speaker: City of Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

After the ribbon cutting there will be performances by Obe Quarless, Panchanga Alert! and DJ Don Gee, hands-on beat mixing and audio recording – plus food (including CAKE), swimming, art experiences, fun fitness demos, a time capsule dedication and more.

At 11:45 a.m. a 3-point contest and free throw contest on the basketball court begin. (Free, but pre-registration is required. Go to website below to sign up.)

Guests are welcome to stay and play into the early evening. From 6-8 p.m. there will be a showing of a free movie: “Howl’s Moving Castle” (rated PG) and open gym.

The Eastside Community Center is intended as a safe, healthy place for youth, adults and families to play, learn and grow.

Eastside Community Center is a multi-purpose community center located on Tacoma’s eastside at 1721 E. 56th St., on the campus of First Creek Middle School. The center is equipped with a variety of amenities including a new pool, featuring swimming lessons, lap lanes, deep water, diving board and spray features. There is also a rock wall, zip line and more.

The center will provide services to all youth in the area, including more than double the number currently served by Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth development programming.

There are weight and cardio rooms, and fitness classes will be made available.

Other features: adaptive recreational facilities for those with physical disabilities; basketball, volleyball and other sports in the multi-use gymnasium; creative space for music, theater, dance and visual arts and even a sound-recording studio; cooking classes for healthy living and sharing ethnic cultures through food; nature walks, environmental education and mountain biking by taking advantage of the connection to Swan Creek Park; adults and senior programming, trips and events; event rental space for weddings, parties, corporate and community events; and library services in collaboration with First Creek Middle School.

This project was made possible by a partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Housing Authority, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, the Greater Metro Parks Foundation and the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation.

What: Celebrate Eastside: the opening of Eastside Community Center
Where: Eastside Community Center, 1721 E. 56th St., on the campus of First Creek Middle School
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/calendar?id=10486

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