Tacoma Habitat for Humanity home built by Bates Technical College students

On Friday April 24, 2015 from 10:30am until noon, leaders from Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, Bates Technical College, and local governments will come together with students from Bates to celebrate the completion of the first Habitat home built entirely by Bates Technical College students. The home was built in the Habitat development called The Woods at Golden Given, located at 962 104th Street East in the Midland area of Pierce County. [Read more…]

What’s up with Rotary and our parks?

Rotary logo

By Dave Coleman

What in the world is Rotary up to?  Well, we are back in the news again.  This time we are promoting the construction of a performance and event stage within the bounds of Fort Steilacoom Park. We Rotarians have been there before, helping build a delightful playground for children, putting up covered picnic shelters, and constructing ball fields.  Now we would like to see another addition to the park’s many amenities.   [Read more…]

Kiwanis Club provides funds for Springbrook Community Garden

Jesse Black, vice president of Spring Brook Connect, with the tools and equipment funded by the Kiwanis Club of Clover for the Springbrook Community Garden

By Jerry Dunlap

The Kiwanis Club of Clover Park provided funds to purchase tools and equipment for the Springbrook Community Garden. Jesse Black, vice president of Springbrook Connect, accepted the supplies on behalf of the participants of the Springbrook Community Garden. This is the third year of operation for the Springbrook Community Garden. [Read more…]

Lakewood Community Garden’s new gate on Parks Appreciation Day


With ropes pulled taut, Boy Scout Troop 436 and several other volunteers raised the towering gate posts toward the sky.

Lakewood has celebrated Park Appreciation Day for 14 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers every year are too numerous to list, but among this year’s festivities is the dedication of the Lakewood Community Garden’s new gate. [Read more…]

Downtown Steilacoom beautified

Volunteers from the Steilacoom Garden Club and Master Gardeners, in partnership with the Public Works Department, have planted nearly 300 shrubs, grasses, perennials, trailing heaths and ground covers in sixteen bump-outs along Lafayette in downtown Steilacoom. This variety of low maintenance plants replaced the tired-looking bush heaths that were planted many years ago. The new plantings may look a little sparse now but will grow to fill the spaces. Thanks to Public Works, these sites all have irrigation. Keep an eye out for these new bright spots in Steilacoom’s downtown corridor.