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Metro Park’s Star Center










Metro Parks Tacoma’s Star Center at 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA  98409 is very nice. Their website says “The 32,000 square foot STAR Center offers a stunning new hall for rentals, a new music and dance studio, a demonstration kitchen, fitness room, as well as a dynamic indoor/outdoor children’s playground with an adjacent party rental space.” What surprised me the most was the Subway Restaurant in the building.  http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/star/

I was there for the kick off of the Prop 1 Campaign. The school bond, which will go on the ballot on February 12th, would provide much needed funding to renovate or replace 14 schools and would also make safety repairs and many other Tacoma schools. The 14 schools are Washington*, SAMI, McCarver*, Wilson, Stewart*, Wainwright, Arlington, Browns Pt., Lyon, Birney, Grant, Boze, Downing and Hunt. The schools with * will maintain their historic character. http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/Documents/Proposition%201%20brochure.pdf




Fire Boat #1

Fireboat #1 is one of five fireboats in the country to be a historic landmark. The boat, which is now dry docked along Ruston Way was constructed in 1929 and had served for 54 years.

Information from the Tacoma Park’s Department can be found here: http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=66

The detailed historic nomination form can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/maritime/nhl/fireboat.htm



Tacoma Street Sign Project

Sometime during the dreary winter months, this wonderful art project appeared on the side of the Merit Building at 951-959 S Market Street in downtown Tacoma. There is an associate Youtube video to be watched here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE-D3nA7vTQ

The Merit Building is available for sale for $1,000,000 (bring your best offer). Per the listing information the building was constructed in 1909, has 32,000 square feet and has been gutted down to the frame. I remember going to a restaurant in the building which I believe was called the Judicial Annex and having the best split pea soup!

If you’d like to buy the Merit Building, the listing can be found here http://www.commercialmls.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=inventory.biodetailFS&ln=462987&eofficeid=&eagentid=22193


Over the building’s long life, it has been home to many businesses included the Hotel Kingston, Federal Tire Sales Co., Auto Tire Co., Hollywood Apparel Shop, Olympic Dairy Store & Ice Cream Parlor, Second Closet Thrift Shop, Know They Self Book Center, Afrikan Book Center and the African American Museum.  One of the employees of the Ice Cream Parlot later started the Baskin Robbins chain.

To see how the building looked in its glory days (1928), follow this link to the Tacoma Public Library



Too Much Stuff

Too Much Stuff by Gexydaf
Too Much Stuff a photo by Gexydaf on Flickr.

Today I needed to stop at FedEx to mail a package and I wandered two doors down to the Dollar Tree. There is so much stuff there and only a dollar! I ended up with a package of 2 toothbrushes, gum, reading glasses, a small milk (which is what I went in for!), frozen broccoli, frozen mixed berries and gummy bears for dear daughter.


On the way there I took this photo of a school bus.