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.
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 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.
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.
Volunteers helped riders decorate their bikes with flags at a tent on Dock Street.
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.
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.
The new entrance to Marine Park has a colorful octopus mural on the pavement.