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Green Tacoma Day

Green Tacoma Day 2016

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Green Tacoma Day 

Come celebrate Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day, Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 AM – 1 PM. Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day events are the perfect opportunity to learn more about urban forests with fun, educational activities and restoration projects for all ages across the city. Come roll up your sleeves and help keep Tacoma green!


Green Tacoma Day is an annual celebration of the Green Tacoma Partnership’s work to restore 1,881 acres of urban green space, while Arbor Day is a celebration of 22 years as a Tree City USA community and Tacoma Public Utility’s 12th year as a TreeLine USA utility. This day of service offers great opportunities for the Tacoma community to get to know each other and our local green spaces. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.


There are a number of activities available to choose from that each highlight a different way to support the City’s urban forests and green spaces. Restoration activities will range from removing weeds and invasive plants to planting native trees and shrubs at nine locations across Tacoma. Learn how to plant a tree and help increase Tacoma’s tree canopy with a large tree planting at Titlow Park. Or, help transform a paved median into a green space on Yakima and Thompson at South 46th Street for the Depave project.


Green Tacoma Day LocationsRestoration activities are planned at Browns Point Playfield, Franklin Park, Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands, McKinley Park, Oak Tree Park, Ryan’s Park, Titlow Park, Wapato Hills Park and Wapato Lake Park.


Anyone interested in keeping Tacoma Green in their own backyard as well as the local green spaces is encouraged to check out the residential tree planting assistance “Tree Coupon” program. Saturday, October 1, 2016 marks the kick-off for the fifth season of the program open to Tacoma and Pierce County residents. For more information, visit the tree coupon webpage.


Having access to healthy park and urban trees is vital to our cities and quality of life. Eight cities including Kent, Everett, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila and Puyallup make up the Green Cities Network, collectively working to restore and maintain over 7,500 acres of publicly owned urban natural areas and forests. Each Green City has partnered with Forterra to establish a community-based restoration program that brings together local non-profits, community groups, city agencies, neighborhood leaders, and local businesses to support healthy urban green spaces for the future of our region. Learn more about Green City Partnerships.


Visit greentacoma.org to learn more about the Green Tacoma Partnership, find Green Tacoma Day event details and sign up for a site near you. Registration is not required, but is encouraged.


City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Forterra, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and Pierce Conservation District are all Green Tacoma Day partners helping the event grow and accomplish more work every year.


Details for 9th Annual Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day

The event is Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Project sites include: 

  • Browns Point Playfield
  • Franklin Park
  • Garfield Gulch
  • Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands
  • Julia’s Gulch
  • McKinley Park
  • Oak Tree Park
  • Ryan’s Park
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Tacoma Nature Center
  • Titlow Park
  • Wapato Hills Park
  • Wapato Lake Park
  • Depave event on Yakima and Thompson at South 46th Street

Contact Us 


Register to attend a restoration event:

Richard Madison

Metro Parks

(253) 202-5978



Register to attend the Depave event:

Melissa Buckingham

Pierce Conservation District

(253) 845-9770 x109



Information about City of Tacoma Arbor Day:

Sara Best

City of Tacoma

(253) 502-2244



The Green Cities Partners:

Pierce Conservation District

City of Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma

Citizens for a Healthy Bay