On Monday, January 25th the Greater Metro Parks Foundation presented the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Park Commissioners a check for $283,134.98. The Foundation works to support Metro Parks programming, and is a partner in leveraging private dollars to support the capital projects and add to the bond dollars passed by the voters in 2014.
By working with the Resource Development staff of Metro Parks, we raise this money to support programs that improve and enrich the lives of people in Tacoma and Pierce County.
These dollars represent private donations generously contributed from individuals, foundations and companies who support our fabulous park system here in Tacoma.
A significant portion of these funds are for the construction of the multi-purpose artificial turf field at the SERA campus in South Tacoma. Nearly 4,000 public school children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds surround SERA. As Metro Parks’ first all-season public turf field in Tacoma, it will give opportunities to Tacoma’s youth and families seeking ways to improve their health and fitness, gain new skills and connect to their community through sports. The field is slated to open in early spring.
Funding for the SERA turf field came from generous donors including:
- Names Family Foundation
- Norcliffe Foundation
- Dimmer Family Foundation
- D.V. & Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust
- Ben B. Cheney Foundation
- TOTE Maritime (formerly Totem Ocean Trailer Express)
- Baker Foundation
- And, generous employees of Metro Parks