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Eastside 2019

From spring to summer of 2019, program outreach teams will be visiting Tacoma's Eastside households and community groups to discuss cost-saving services. Besides door-to-door visits, the Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods program will participate in community meetings and plan local events, including a community breakfast and neighborhood walking tour. 

 

Join us at our Free Upcoming Event-Urban Hike: Explore Eastside

Join the Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods program for a free urban hike and tour around Tacoma's Eastside, including parts of Swan Creek Park! The walk will begin and end outside of Eastside Community Center. Light refreshments and water refills will be provided. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and a hat if needed.  

 

Date: June 29, 2019

Time: 10 AM-Noon

Where: Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404

 

Learn More About Local Resources, Neighborhood Groups, and Events

 

Local Eastside Resources

Eastside Community Center

Visit the new community center, offering a range of programs for everyone, all ages and abilities.

Swan Creek Park

A 373-acre green space located on the border of Tacoma's Eastside neighborhood, Swan Creek Park offers trails for walking, hiking, and mountain biking, a new community garden, and a salmon-bearing stream.

Stewart Heights Park

A 24.55-acre park bordering the east and south end of Tacoma featuring updated playing fields, a skateboard park, playground, and large outdoor swimming pool.

Community Gardens

Community gardens are a great way to meet your neighbors, grow some veggies, and spend time outdoors. Local gardens are:

Find more information about how to join a community garden here

 

Bus Transit

Pierce Transit busses connect the Eastside to Puyallup, Lakewood, and downtown Tacoma, including the Tacoma Dome Station and the Tacoma Mall. Busses tend to run every half-hour or more frequently during daytime hours on weekdays.

Bike Trails

Swan Creek Park has opportunities for both road and mountain biking on their paved and dirt trails. Bike paths also connect Swan Creek to other parts of Eastside and are a great way to get around!

  • Phase 2 of the Pipeline Trail is a 2.4 mile section creating a non-motorized shared use path between East 48th and East 40th Streets. The path starts at Pipeline Road on East 48th Street and ends at the East 'D' Street I-5 Overpass. Find more information on the trail here

 

Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank

Eloise's Cooking Pot is open six days a week and provides quality food and personal hygiene products to community members in need of assistance. 

Department of Social and Health Services: Pierce South Community Office

Find resources for food, cash, and medical assistance, adult care, youth services, mental health and addiction services, and disability support. 

Pierce County Family Support Center

Services offered at the Eastside Family Support Center include parenting classes, support groups, nutrition services and referrals for services like immunizations, counseling, life skills training, and more. 

  • Location: 3702 E McKinley Ave
  • Contact the Eastside location by emailing sbutt@tpchd.org or calling (253) 798-4569 

Eastside Farmer's Market

The farmer's market comes to the Eastside on Tuesdays, June through August, from 3-7 PM. Find fresh vegetables, herbs, baked goods, flowers, and prepared foods as well as music, kid's activities and demonstrations. 

Portland Avenue Nursery

Find rare and native plants, trees, shrubs and more at this nursery right in the Eastside. 

 

Neighborhood Groups

Eastside Neighborhood Council

The Eastside Neighborhoods Advisory Council of Tacoma (ENACT) is an independent, non-profit organization that serves as volunteer advisory council to the City of Tacoma, with a mission of supporting a direct voice from East Tacoma community members to government. 

Safe Streets Groups

Safe Streets Campaign's mission is to empower individuals, families, youth, neighborhoods and organizations to create safe neighborhoods. They do this by organizing neighborhoods and communities for action by forming block organizations and developing grassroots leadership.  

  • Find your neighborhood group and its meeting time at Safe Street's website 

Local Community Events and Activities

Eastside Community Breakfast

Come enjoy a free breakfast with your family, friends, and neighbors! A special appearance will be made by Council Member Catherine Ushka, while the City of Tacoma and its partners will be sharing information about cost-saving services. 

Eastside Nature Hour

Join Tacoma Nature Center staff at the Eastside Community Center for a monthly nature program and learn about plants and animals, create fun crafts, and go outside to observe nature. 

  • When: Second Saturday of each month from 2-3 PM
  • Where: Check in at the reception desk of Eastside Community Center 
  • Cost: $1.00/person or join the Eastside Family Nature Club for $20 to participate all year!

Food Forest Festival

Come to the Food Forest Festival hosted by Permaculture Lifestyle Institute on Sunday, May 25, 2019 for a day filled with music, food, vendors, fashion, art installation and community! This will be the inaugural year of this festival celebration in Eastside. 

  • When: Sunday, May 25, 2019, noon-5 PM
  • Where: The Gathering Circle at the entrance to the Swan Creek Community Garden (2299 E. 42nd St.)