Safe Streets groups will gather Saturday at an East Side park to plant a small garden in honor of a City of Tacoma worker gunned down earlier this year on her front porch.
The event is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Stewart Heights Park, 402 E. 56th St.
The garden is in memory of Lisa Marie Melancon, a 40-year-old city code enforcement officer who had worked closely with several Safe Streets groups over the years. She died July 22 after being hit in the head by a bullet fired from a car fleeing a fistfight in front of her Tacoma home.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged three men with first-degree murder in Melancon’s death. Two are in custody and have pleaded not guilty. The alleged gunman remains on the loose.
The memorial garden is a project by Safe Streets groups that worked with Melancon. Metro Parks has donated two trees, ground cover plants and time to prepare the site. The garden will be located just north of the pool building at Stewart Heights Park.
Neighbors will be raising money to have a rock engraved with “Lisa’s Garden” placed in the garden.