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McKinley Park celebrates its facelift Sunday

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on June 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm with No Comments »
June 10, 2009 6:10 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma is inviting neighbors and fans of McKinley Park to a grand-reopening party this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The park has been a mainstay of the neighborhood for more than a century and recently got a shot in the arm with $1.7 million in bond improvement funds.

Projects included a sidewalk promenade, a new plaza and restrooms and skateboard features. The district had to remove some of the park’s older trees, but planted nearly 100 new ones.

Here’s more on the park features, from Anne Winters at the Park District:

Friends of McKinley Park, led by neighbors Patrick O’Neil and Darryl Scroggins, were a key group in that important early design work. During that process, residents identified safety improvements and preservation of the park’s naturalized areas among their highest priorities.

To enhance safety by increasing visibility and accessibility of the park’s walkway, the community selected the design plan which included raising the sidewalk to create a street grade promenade. This work required significant regrading work and removal of some of the park’s mature trees. Several of them had been previously identified by our urban forester on a watch list as needing replacement. Nearly 90 specimen trees were replanted as part of the of the improvement project, providing future generations with a rich biodiversity of healthy trees to enjoy. The vast naturalized area of the park remains forested and was untouched by the work done in the formal area of the park.

The promenade includes a small new plaza and restroom facilities located near the expanded playground, creating really nice gathering spaces for the community, overlooking the Tacoma Dome and downtown.

Sunday’s event will include live music from the Joe Baque Trio, community booths and facepainting for the kids. The park is at 907 Upper Park St.

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