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Because Parks Matter - Feb. 27, 2019

You're invited to support the Greater Metro Park Foundation's mission to build a healthier, more vibrant community by investing in people and parks.

The Because Parks Matter luncheon honors special community and Foundation accomplishments, and those who give of their time and talents to parks in partnership with GMPF.

Because Parks Matter Luncheon
Eastside Community Center, Tacoma
Feburary 27, 2019

11:30 am to 1 pm

Tickets $25  



Imagine Eastside Golf Tournament

Korsmo Construction is working in conjunction with the Greater Metro Parks Foundation to host the Imagine Eastside Golf Tournament.

Friday, August 24, 2018
11 am to 6 pm

Meadow Park Golf Course
7108 Lakewood Dr W
Tacoma WA 98467

Sponsorships and registrations are open to all: CLICK HERE

We welcome your participation in this event to raise funds for the Eastside Community Center.

Tournament proceeds are to benefit the Billy Ray Shirley Foundation and the The Imagine Eastside Campaign.

Billy Ray Shirley Foundation
Founded in September 2011 in the wake of the tragic killing of 17 year old Billy Ray Shirley, III in late August of 2011, our vision is to build and maintain a fully functional state of the art community center on the east side of Tacoma that gives life to Billy Ray’s vision of having a fun, healthy & safe place for youth to go. This facility shall be one that will provide the programs and resources necessary to engage youth in conversation and activities that will promote positive life choices. Additionally, our non-profit 501(c)3 youth program will look to reinforce education, decrease violence and encourage healthy lifestyles while inspiring individuals to work at continuously building their communities regardless of social or economic boundaries.

The Imagine Eastside Campaign
The Imagine Eastside Campaign will serve twice the number of youth currently served in East Tacoma. A fabulous new Eastside Community Center — with a gym, pool, recording studio and classrooms – offers us the opportunity to promote the safety, physical and emotional health of twice the number of youth. It's an exciting partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

To join us at this charitable event, please CLICK HERE.

If you are unable to join us for the tournament and would like to contribute to these worthy causes, please consider donating prizes. We gladly accept all donations, including cash.


Tacoma artists Chris Jordan and Kenji Stoll will lead art visioning process for Eastside Community Center

Local artists tapped for effort to involve young residents in the creative process


Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Hamai Stoll, who have a history of engaging local youth through art, have been selected to create a community-inspired art strategy for the new Eastside Community Center.

The resulting art plan will include concepts and locations to integrate art into the community center’s design as well as for display. Over the next several months, Jordan and Stoll will implement activities that engage young people in the art planning process, building on their own work as local teaching artists as well as efforts over the past year by the nonprofit Greater Metro Parks Foundation to have local youth help design aspects of the building.

“These two energetic young artists are a great addition to the Eastside Community Center effort,” said Jessie K. Baines Jr., one of five members of the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners. “Their proven ability to connect and inspire others is sure to contribute to the center’s success.”

Jordan and Stoll have been working as an artist team since 2009 when they collaborated on a mural informed by a community process focused on youth violence. Since then, they have gone on to create work for the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy conference, Intel Corporation, the City of Tacoma, and Sound Transit, among others. They are currently working with the Tacoma Housing Authority to create site-responsive artworks at Bay Terrace and to lead community engagement strategies that inform the Hilltop housing planning team. In addition, they have been connecting with young people and giving them voice through art for years as teachers and now co-directors of Fab-5, a youth arts training program and its community art center FABITAT.

“Chris and Kenji are uniquely suited for this project because they bring excellence in the three areas of specialty required for this project. They are strong artists, they enable successful and fun community engagement strategies, and they know how to engage youth in a meaningful way,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride, whose office is under contract to manage the public art component of Metro Parks’ construction projects.

The new center is scheduled to open in 2018 on the campus of First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St. Metro Parks is spearheading its development with the support of multiple community partners, including Tacoma Public Schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Housing Authority and the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. For more information, visit


Reminder to Link Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card

Make sure to link your Rewards Card with Greater Metro Parks Foundation on Fred Meyer Community Rewards!

After Fred Meyer's June 2016 customer re-enrollment period customers who did not re-link their card were dropped from the system.

Follow these steps to begin the program or re-link your card:

  • Sign up for or login to the Community Rewards program at
  • Look for the link to "re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now."
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Greater Metro Parks Foundation earn a donation.
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit


Support parks while you shop

Support great parks in Tacoma while you shop! Give to the Greater Metro Parks Foundation while shopping online, or in person. By using AmazonSmile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can give back to your community while doing what you do every day.

The AmazonSmile program allows you to support GMPF every time you shop using, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. To set up AmazonSmile, go to, and choose the Greater Metro Parks Foundation in “Settings”.

At Fred Meyer, use your Rewards Card every time you shop, and you will help GMPF earn a donation through the Community Rewards program. All you need to do is link your Rewards Card to our nonprofit. Log on to your online account at Once logged in, search for “Greater Metro Parks Foundation” and select it. After that, each time you shop will earn a donation for GMPF.

Thank you for you for your contributions and partnering with GMPF to build a healthier, more vibrant community by investing in people and parks.