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Celebrating Tacoma’s art and parks

On February 5, 2014, local arts supporter Cathy Sarnat and her family graciously hosted a reception for artist Sarah Gilbert and the Greater Metro Parks Foundation in the historic Vaeth House. Tacoma art, history, and park supporters came together to meet Sarah, explore the enchanting Victorian mansion, and learn a little more about Sarah, the history of Tacoma’s parks, and the Greater Metro Parks Foundation.

Sarah, a local sculpture and fabricator, and the head technician at the Museum of Glass, is also passionate about Tacoma’s parks. In the creation of her newest series of artwork, Sarah looked to the history of Metro Parks as inspiration, creating “Thank you, Ebenezer” a captivating cameo portrait of Ebenezer Rhys Roberts, the first superintendent of Tacoma’s parks. The sculpture is a portrait framed by a shovel-shaped armature, representing the inception, groundbreaking, and flourishing of Tacoma’s parks system. Ebenezer Rhys Roberts is portrayed on the blade of a shovel, kind eyes beaming over a flamboyant, blossoming moustache made of leaves and flowers.

At the event, Parks Superintendent Marina Becker shared some historical information about Ebenezer Rhys Roberts, a creative, eccentric, and brilliant master gardener whose love for horticulture, nature, and the Pacific Northwest has endured in the work of Metro Parks Tacoma, more than 100 years later.

Sarah donated this beautiful work of art to the Greater Metro Parks Foundation and the piece is currently available for purchase through the Foundation’s  Because Parks Matter Online Auction. The auction closes on February 26th so make sure to check it out and get your bids in. The winner of the piece will be announced at the upcoming “Because Parks Matter” luncheon at the STAR Center.

Sarah Gilbert’s exhibition opens this August at the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery. 


Because Parks Matter Auction 2014

Want to support our mission and win cool prizes? Then make sure to check out our Because Parks Matter Online Auction.

Also, visit our Facebook page for more up-to-date information.


New Signs Installed at McCarver and Wright Parks

The air was bitterly cold with a strong wind but the sun was shining as McCarver Elementary students, donors and campaign leaders gathered to take the wraps off newly installed signs.  Folks who worked tirelessly for over 3 years on the Zina Linnik Project had a mini-reunion as they hugged and caught up on old times.  Students from McCarver gathered around the sign to see how it told the story of the Zina Linnik Project and the goal of creating safe places for kids to play in the Hilltop. A highlight for the students was the hot cocoa.  The signs where installed to say thank you to the donors who contributed over $3.2 million to turn tragedy into triumph for the entire community of the Hilltop and Tacoma. 

Two signs, one at McCarver Park and one at Wright Park, were installed so that visitors could know the story of the parks.  Each sign has a map of the respective parks as well as the names of the hundreds of donors to the project. The artwork for the signs was done by Cathryn Bingham, member of the Bingham family who played a major role in the success of the project and who have strong roots to McCarver Elementary.


Words spoken by 4th Grade Peacemakers:


“Thank-you very much for donating money to help.  It means a lot…. Without your donation to the park we would have nothing to remember Zina by…. She needs to be remembered she was one of the best Peacemakers.”
~ Addie


“Thank-you donors for helping us build the Zina Linnik Park. It made my life special. If it wasn’t for you donors we would never have a beautiful Park.  I have a poem for you:
Peace is you and you are Peace…..
Peace will show you light that will shine all through your life.
I need you to spread Peace with your life, honor and dignity.”
~ Charles


“Thanks donors for spending you precious time working for Zina’s Park…and for donating money to build the Park.  It helps spread peace and love to Zina and all of McCarver.”
~ Deja



The Power of "From the Ground Up"

On September 24, 2013 McCarver Elementary School’s Carol Ramm-Gramenz gave a speech articulating the power of “From the Ground Up” at the WA Wildlife and Recreation Coalition annual breakfast in Seattle. The Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition promotes public funding for parks, wildlife habitat and working lands in Washington State through education and advocacy. That morning they raised more than $226,000 to help protect Washington's outdoors. The first half of the event featured the Zina Linnik Project with a video and Carol’s speech.

Click here to view Ms. Carol Ramm-Gramenz’s speech.


Visually impaired athletes compete at Tacoma goalball tournament

On Saturday, Tony played with the Vancouver Lions in the second annual South Sound Throw Down Goalball Tournament, hosted by "Metro Parks Tacoma and the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes.

“I love that it’s more intense than football,” Tony Warram said. “There’s no other sport where you’re blindfolded.”

The Lions were one of 14 teams and roughly 50 athletes of all ages from around the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia, Oregon and Idaho, who gathered at the Topping HOPE Center Boys & Girls Club in South Tacoma.

Goalball was invented in 1946 to help with the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. It was introduced at the Paralympics in Toronto 30 years later, and has been played at the games ever since...

Click here to read the full article.

(From the News Tribune, Oct. 12th 2013, written by Kari Plog, staff writer.)