City OKs temporary shade tents outside NWDC as temperatures, protests rise


The City of Tacoma has authorized – effective immediately – temporary structures on the public right-of-way adjacent to the Northwest Detention Center on the Tideflats. These structures are only allowed on the planting strip between the temporary fence and the sidewalk.

“The City Council and I have been working closely with the city manager to ensure the health and safety of demonstrators while supporting their right to speak out on these important issues,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards.

With this authorization, ptotesters at this location may now – on a first-come, first-served basis – locate pop-up canopies, umbrellas, sunshades and similar temporary structures as long as these structures have no opaque walls, are for shade only, and are not anchored with stakes to avoid damage to the irrigation system.

The city has significant public health concerns associated with overnight stays at any location that does not include appropriate sanitation measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and it is not the city’s intent to authorize overnight stays in these structures. Accordingly, any use of these or other structures at this location for overnight stays will require separate authorization.

This authorization does not allow these structures to be located on the sidewalk, roadway, driveway or railroad right-of-way.

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