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Welcome Bryan Flint, Our New Executive Director

Dear Friends of GMPF,

The Greater Metro Parks Foundation is excited to welcome Bryan Flint as our new Executive Director. We look forward to his visionary leadership in guiding the foundation as we expand our reach into the community in support of parks. He brings his knowledge and experience to the task of helping the foundation grow and progress in our goal of enhancing parks, projects, and programs in our community.

Bryan grew up with access to 60 miles of bike trails in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska, and currently uses his bike to ply the roads and trails of Tacoma, Washington.  With 23 years of working with community based organizations and land management agencies, Bryan brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to parks and open space to the Foundation. 

Most recently the Director of Communications and Outreach for the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Bryan previously worked as the Executive Director of Tahoma Audubon Society. Bryan is no stranger to Metro Parks Tacoma, through Audubon’s many connections with the organization, including The Nature Center at Snake Lake, Green Tacoma Partnership, and the Proposition 1 parks & recreation maintenance levy.

Bryan is a Tacoma Public Utility Board member and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow. He has also been a member of Rotary Tacoma #8 and treasurer of Walk The Waterfront.


Sempervivum, Tacoma’s Newest Public Artwork to be Dedicated November 10th

The public is invited to celebrate Tacoma’s newest public artwork, Sempervivum by Tacoma artist Lisa Kinoshita, in a dedication ceremony Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 pm. Join the Tacoma Arts Commission and Metro Parks Tacoma to learn more about the piece, meet the artist, and enjoy refreshments. The artwork is located on Metro Parks’ new STAR Center on SERA Campus at 3873 S. 66th Street. The dedication will be held in Journey Hall inside STAR Center.

 “It has been rewarding to work with the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program on this project, helping to increase public art opportunities for Tacoma artists and increase art in our parks for everyone to enjoy,” said Tareena Joubert, Manager of Cultural & Community Services for Metro Parks. “Lisa has been a delight to work with and her zest to create amazing and meaningful artwork for this community is impressive.”

Sempervivum (Latin for ever + living), a trio of large botanically-reminiscent forms combining steel, live sedum plants, and green roof technology, was inspired by the natural history of the STAR Center site. The area, which originally was covered by extensive wetlands, was home to elk and flocks of migratory waterfowl and was affectionately known as “The South Tacoma Swamp”. But, as the region industrialized and became an important commercial link for the railroads, the wetlands were filled in.

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Greater Metro Parks Foundation Donates to Local Parks

In 2005, voters approved an $84.3 million dollar bond proposed by Metro Parks Tacoma. This monetary investment has gone directly toward improving local parks. The Greater Metro Parks foundation has donated additional money beyond the initial bond, including $618,664 to McCarver Park and $823,475 to Wright Park as part of the Zina Linnik Project. One of the more unique aspects of this fundraising effort was the funding of a $500,000 dollar endowment for future maintenance of these parks. Revamping our parks provides a fun and safe place for children to play and leaves a lasting legacy for the entire community to enjoy.

Read the entire article here:
The Tacoma News Tribune. Tacoma parks get multi-million-dollar makeover,  written by Karen Miller, staff writer, Aug. 12th, 2012.

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