Senate needs to keep integrity of Wildlife and Recreation Program

Ryan Mello is a member of the Tacoma City Council

By Ryan Mello

The Senate’s capital budget that was released April 8 is bad news for Washington’s incredible natural heritage and for Pierce County. The budget threatens to dismantle the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), our state’s premier program to protect and develop our outdoor spaces.

Here in Pierce County, we are the gateway to numerous outdoor treasures, including Mt. Rainier National Park, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, and Alder Lake. For this reason we have one of the largest outdoor recreation sectors in the state, supporting nearly 20,000 jobs and $2.25 billion in consumer spending each year in Pierce County. We cannot allow the Senate to endanger our incredible natural heritage or the economy and quality of life it supports. [Read more…]

Family Bingo Night, Apr. 4

On Friday, April 4th Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host a Family Bingo Night at Chamber Creek Regional Park, 9850 64th St W in University Place. From 6:30-9:00pm. The fee is $5 per person, which includes 6 game sheets. Prizes are awarded to the winner of each game. Register you and your family members by April 1 – space is limited. For more information call 253-798-4104 or

‘Year of the Bike’ kickoff, Feb. 12

TACOMA – Explore the social change, events and people that led to Portland’s bike-friendly city through an interactive free screening of AfterMass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, a documentary by Joe Biel, Jeff Hayes, Alice Isley and Rev. Phil Sano. The event, on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Cinema kicks off Downtown On the Go’s “Year of the Bike.” [Read more…]

Tiny Tots Indoor Playground

The gymnasium is open for kids ages 5 and younger to run, jump, climb, and play in the safe and dry environment.

The Lakewood Community Center gym (9112 Lakewood Dr SW in Lakewood) is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:00am.

The monthly fee is $16, or drop in for $2. For more information call 253-798-4141 or visit

Tiny Tots Indoor Playground

Bring your child to the Pierce County Parks and Rec Tiny Tots Indoor Playground for fun, crafts and socialization! Kids will delight in the opportunity to run, jump, climb and explore in this safe environment while creating fun with oodles of toys and space. Parents are required to supervise their children at all times, maximum of three children per adult. [Read more…]

Friday family movie night

Grab your blankets and kick back with the whole family for this fun evening. Pre-movie activities begin at 5:30 with Bricks for Kidz using LEGO Bricks & Motors. The movie starts at 7pm on Jan 23rd featuring “Blended.”

Pre-registration is encouraged – $4 per person ages 3 and under are free. Movies are held at Chamber Creek Regional Park in the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St W in University Place. To register or for more information call 253-798-4141 or

No Sun Fun Run

On Saturday, January 17th, rain, hail, sleet, or snow, the 5K No Sun Fun Run will take place no matter what weather our South Sound winter provides! The Nathan Chapman Trail provides a flat, paved, stroller friendly route.

The run is non-competitive and is recreationally timed. All ages and abilities are welcome. The $20 pre-registration by Jan 2, includes an event shirt. A special 1 mile course is available for $5 (no shirt). A $20 day of event registration is available at the start/finish of the run at Heritage Recreation Center, 9010 128th St E in South Hill with check in starting at 7:30am & the run at 10:00am.

For more information call 253-798-4177 or on-line registration

‘Art, Ice, and Everything Nice’ opens Nov. 22


Tacoma, WA – Franciscan Polar Plaza, Tacoma’s open-air ice skating rink, is back for a six-week winter run at Tollefson Plaza thanks to presenting sponsor CHI Franciscan Health and organizing partner Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Gather friends and family and join the fun beginning November 22. A free on-site photo booth will capture your memories of this beloved annual tradition. Those who are new to ice skating can use double-bladed skates or skate aids (a walker for use on the ice) for stability. [Read more…]

Eight reasons to attend Truck and Tractor Day

On Oct. 18, the City of Lakewood will throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 8th Annual Truck and Tractor Day.

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are eight of our favorites:
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