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Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Blog, Cycling Routes, Events, Pierce County | 0 comments

Watery Event Celebrates New Tacoma Trail

Autumn came in like a harbor seal today in Tacoma for their “Downtown to Defiance” ride to celebrate the opening of the new interim trail to Point Defiance Park. We hit the trail mid-morning and got spritzed on the way out, then doused on the way back. Here are some pictures from the fun event.

Schuster Bridge

A couple cycles on the Schuster Parkway bridge over the railroad tracks on the waterfront. The southbound lane was closed to vehicle traffic for the event.

Defiance Bicycles

Defiance Bicycles staff works on a sweet, heart-covered cruiser bike that picked up some glass in the tire. Bike Tech was also out at another location to help riders.

Kidical Mass

Families came out for the Kidical Mass ride from the park down to the water and back. It was a challenging climb back in the rain for some of the younger cyclists.

A cyclist reviews a rendering of a van Gogh painting in chalk at the chalk art tent, sponsored by Tacoma's School of the Arts

A cyclist reviews a rendering of a van Gogh painting in chalk at the chalk art tent, sponsored by Tacoma’s School of the Arts.

Bike Decorating

Volunteers helped riders decorate their bikes with flags at a tent on Dock Street.

New Trail

Cut into the hillside, the new interim trail connects the waterfront with Point Defiance Park. In the next two years, Tacoma’s Metro Parks will replace this with a 20-foot-wide permanent trail.

Condos and art

The first condos along the new waterfront park (more to come, I’m sure) face the trail, which has three wide spots with marine-themed art on the pavement.

Park Entrance

The new entrance to Marine Park has a colorful octopus mural on the pavement.

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