TACOMA – On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Downtown On the Go will be holding a free Immigrant History Walk from noon – 1 p.m. led by Patsy Surh O’Connell, President and Founder of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. The 1.6 mile walk, sponsored by City Grocer IGA, will start at the historic Woolworth Building at 11th and Broadway and walk through areas of downtown and Hilltop. There is no need to pre-register for the event.
Walk Leader Surh O’Connell, who immigrated to the United States from Korea 50 years ago, will share stories of her grandfathers’ experience as an immigrant in the late 1800’s, and talk about some significant events in Tacoma’s history, including the 1885 Chinese expulsion.
Tacoma’s Immigrant History Walk is part of Downtown On the Go’s 2013 Walk Tacoma series sponsored by Franciscan Health System. It is an eight-event walking series held on the first and third Wednesdays, from April through August. The fun, themed walks, now in their fourth year, encourage downtown employees and residents to exercise and enjoy the outdoors by discovering the different walking routes and parks in downtown Tacoma. The walks are scheduled at the lunch hour and just after work to encourage downtown employees to walk during their workday, whether it is to and from work, at a lunch break, or to a nearby meeting.
Walking maps of the routes are available at no cost at Downtown On the Go (950 Pacific Ave, Suite 300), at many downtown businesses, or by contacting Meagan Kula, Downtown On the Go Coordinator, at 253-682-1734 or email@example.com.
For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series, visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.