Celebrate open streets at Downtown to Defiance event

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On Sunday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma will host the sixth annual Downtown to Defiance event. This free, family-friendly event opens almost seven miles of Tacoma’s waterfront to human-powered transportation.

The event runs along the Thea Foss Waterway and Commencement Bay, from downtown Tacoma at South 21st Street Park at the Foss Waterway Esplanade, along Dock Street, Schuster Parkway, and Ruston Way to the end of the Waterwalk near Point Defiance Park. Participants are invited to join the event at any point and travel as far as they choose, with many opportunities to stop and enjoy food trucks, kayaking, electric bike test rides, bubble soccer and many other activities along the way.

At the event, participants can visit one of the registration booths to receive a schedule of the day’s events. Kids can track their park visits with the new Parks Passport for a chance to win prizes. For more information on where to join the course or to pre-register today, visitDowntowntoDefiance.com or call (253) 591-5380.

The event is sponsored in part by U.S. Bank, Puyallup Watershed Initiative’s Active Transportation Community of Interest, and Pierce Transit. This event is part of the City’s Green Events Program and with environmental sustainability in mind recycling stations and water fountains will be provided to limit waste from disposable plastic bottles.

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